Twitter Stops All Verification Requests After Approving Charlottesville Organizer's Account

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Others still aren't buying the argument that Twitter's verification don't indicate an endorsement from the company. And for Twitter, the Kessler situation is yet another setback in its attempt to win back user trust after a decade of inaction.

"Verification was meant to authenticate identity & voice but it is interpreted as an endorsement", Twitter's user support division wrote in a tweet on Thursday. Seems like the kind of person Twitter would not want to amplify, but alas no. Anyone can apply to receive a blue check mark, but Twitter is judge, jury and executioner when it comes to who receives, or loses, the blue check. Optically, it suggested the opposite: that Twitter was conferring legitimacy and authority to a known white supremacist.

Milo Yiannopoulos, former contributor for the right-wing site Breitbart, was also verified and then "un-verified" by Twitter, according to Vanity Fair, before he was permanently banned from the site.

The decision follows outcry over Twitter's decision to verify Jason Kessler, an organizer of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., that turned violent in August.

Microblogging site Twitter has suspended its verified-profile scheme terming the process "broken" that allowed many right-wing individuals' account to be verified in the recent past.

The company said no further "general" accounts would be verified, while it worked on a fix. Verifications have been "paused" until the company can resolve the "confusion".

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More recently, an applications process was opened up by which accounts could state why they might justify verification, expanding massively the range of people who could potentially be verified.

Events in Charlottesville resulted in the death of protester Heather Hayer - who Kessler called a "fat, disgusting communist" in the aftermath.

"We realized some time ago the system is broken and needs to be reconsidered", Mr Dorsey said in a tweet. "Looks like it was payback time".

Kessler did not immediately respond to a request for comment about Twitter's latest decision.

"We should have stopped the current process at the beginning of the year", Ho said.

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