Published: Fri, November 10, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Twitter halts 'broken' verification system

Twitter halts 'broken' verification system

In what appeared to be a response to that overflowing of anger, Twitter said it "paused all general verifications".

Twitter has come under scrutiny in recent days for verifying Kessler, who tweeted Tuesday that he "must be the only working class white advocate with that distinction".

After asking how the system now works, a Twitter spokesperson pointed TheWrap to its page outlining verification details, where it says "a verified badge does not imply an endorsement by Twitter". In the past, Twitter has pulled verified status from users as a form of "punishment" - perhaps most notably in the case of noted troll Milo Yiannoupolus.

Kessler now tweets under the handle @TheMadDimension, and his account has a verified check mark.

Dorsey retweeted the message from @TwitterSupport, providing a bit more information about the decision.

CEO Jack Dorsey recently renewed his pledge to wipe out violent groups, hate symbols and speech and tweets that glorify violence. Twitter's official stance is that verification is meant to prevent impersonation of users in government, fashion, music, politics, religion, acting, sports, media or other areas of interest.

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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. The rally turned violent, left dozens injured and one dead after a auto drove into a crowd.

Shortly after the rally, Kessler tried to crowdfund money online to fund a suit against the city of Charlottesville, which he said violated the constitutional rights of his fellow demonstrators.

Events in Charlottesville resulted in the death of protester Heather Hayer - who Kessler called a "fat, disgusting communist" in the aftermath. "Looks like it was payback time", he wrote, according to reports. He later claimed he was hacked, then blamed prescription drugs and alcohol as the reason behind the tweet.

"I repudiate the heinous tweet that was sent from my account last night".

I was at @Twitter when #Ferguson was on the wall in the Commons. "I'm taking ambien, xanax and I had been drinking last night".

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