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Twitter doesn't even know what "verification" means anymore

Twitter doesn't even know what

The announcement came after push back following the verification of Jason Kessler, the white supremacist organizer of the deadly Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville last August.

You can submit a request for verification to Twitter, which says the blue checkmark "lets people know that an account of public interest is authentic." Verifications have been "paused" until the company can resolve the "confusion". 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.

Verified Twitter accounts have never been officially endorsed or given special promotions but criticism from many Twitter users shows that popular opinion can sometimes outweigh the truth.

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Additionally, Ed Ho, general manager of Twitter's Consumer Product tweeted that the company has known that the verification process was "busted". "We hope opening up this application process results in more people finding great, high-quality accounts to follow, and for these creators and influencers to connect with a broader audience".

The decision comes days after Twitter authenticated an account belonging to the man who organized this summer's white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Twitter has removed verified checkmarks from users or suspended users in the past for violations of its standards.

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A Twitter spokesperson declined to comment on what exactly pausing "general verification" means. "Looks like it was payback time", before linking to the neo-Nazi site the Daily Stormer, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Top Twitter officials weighed in on the Kessler decision Thursday from their personal accounts.

BBC quoted Twitter founder Jack Dorsey as saying that the scheme would now be "reconsidered'".

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It's not clear what changes the company is planning or when those changes will go into effect, though Dorsey promised to "fix faster". Critics attacked the company for a move they said gave credibility and significance to white nationalism.