Twitter verifies organiser of white supremacist Charlottesville rally where Heather Heyer was killed

The controversy around Twitter’s latest public relations crisis hangs on a single, perhaps unanswerable question: what does it mean to be verified? The little blue badge originated in response to worries that celebrities on the platform were being impersonated. In time, though, it came to mean more. So when Twitter granted the badge this week to a white supremacist, it was little wonder that outrage followed. The story of the Twitter verification controversy is the story of many Twitter controversies before it. A series of deferred decisions all but guaranteed the issue would eventually blow up in the company’s face, and when that moment finally arrived, Twitter could do little but apologize and promise to work on a solution. The current... Continue reading…

Twitter verifies organiser of white supremacist Charlottesville rally where Heather Heyer was killed

'The system is broken', the social media platform's CEO says

Thu 9 Nov 17 from The Independent

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Fri 10 Nov 17 from Daily Mail

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Twitter halts verification process amid Jason Kessler backlash - CNET

Don't expect to get Twitter's coveted blue check mark any time soon.

Thu 9 Nov 17 from CNET Cutting Edge

Twitter halts verification after backlash over Charlottesville organizer

Over the last month, Twitter seemed to finally wake up to the need to fight the rampant hate speech and abuse that happens on its platform. That made yesterday's decision to verify ...

Thu 9 Nov 17 from Engadget

Twitter halts verification over checkmark for Charlottesville rally organizer

Twitter has halted its verification program after outrage over handing a blue checkmark to the organizer of the deadly Charlottesville rally.        

Thu 9 Nov 17 from USA today

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