Twitter to Suspend Verified-Profile Program After White Nationalist Backlash

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'Our agents have been following our verification policy correctly, but we realised some time ago the system is broken and needs to be reconsidered, ' he wrote in a tweet. Kessler, the Charlottesville rally organizer, received official Twitter verification on Tuesday, according to a report by the Daily Beast. "I must be the only working-class white advocate with that distinction". "And we failed by not doing anything about it".

"Verification was meant to authenticate identity and voice but it is interpreted as an endorsement or an indicator of importance", the company tweeted. "Working now to fix faster", tweeted CEO Jack Dorsey. A Twitter verification - visible by a small blue checkmark next to a user's name - is what Twitter uses to confirm someone's identity so that others know they are hearing from the real LeBron James, for example, not an impersonator. "We recognize that we have created this confusion and need to resolve it".

The decision sparked fury from many who said that, by verifying Kessler, the platform was legitimizing his views and giving him a platform. Verifying white supremacists reinforces the increasing belief that your site is a platform for hate speech.

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Originally, verification was applied entirely manually by the Twitter team, with verified status simply appearing without warning for those accounts that might qualify.

Kessler is best known for his role in organizing the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., which eventually turned violent and led to the death of one woman.

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 message is clear.

Twitter users began protesting Kessler's verification shortly after it became public.