Twitter, Facing Another Uproar, Pauses Its Verification Process

Jason Kessler the organizer of the

This morning, Twitter responded - not be revoking Kessler's verified status, but by saying it was pausing all general verifications to resolve confusion around what being verified really means.

- Jules Suzdaltsev (@jules_su) November 9, 2017 Kessler organized the largest white supremacist rally of my lifetime, and left 1 woman dead.

Twitter announced on Thursday it is pausing its verification process, one day after Jason Kessler, the organizer of the infamous "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, received a blue checkmark. But those protesting Kessler's verification note that Twitter offers special features and even abuse filters to verified users - a design choice that implies such users are privileged in some way from non verified users. "I must be the only working class white advocate with that distinction". He had called her "fat" and a "disgusting communist", and said that her death was "payback time".

"Verification was meant to authenticate identity and voice but it is interpreted as an endorsement or importance", the company said on Twitter.

But many - including Yuh-Line Niou, a New York State Assembly member - are wondering why they still aren't verified while white nationalists like Kessler and Richard Spencer are.

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Incidentally, there is another Jason Kessler on Twitter with a blue check mark who would like you to know that he is just an unassuming food and travel writer, and not a white supremacist. Twitter does seem to have mixed views on the matter itself considering that some controversial public figures have been denied verification and others have had verification revoked as a punishment.

"Jack Dorsey, co-founder and CEO of Twitter retweeted the statement adding: ".we realized some time ago the system is broken and needs to be reconsidered".

The company says the suspension is only temporary, and that it is working on a fix.

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

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