Twitter suspends verification program

Twitter has temporarily put a halt to verifying new users. The company, like other social media platforms, grants certain accounts – those of celebrities, journalists and other well-known figures – a little blue checkmark signaling that the account is genuine. But a controversy recently erupted when the company verified the account of Jason Kessler, a prominent white nationalist. “Verification was meant to authenticate identity & voice but it is interpreted as an endorsement or an indicator of importance,” the company acknowledged in a tweet. Twitter says it will issue no new verifications until it “resolve[s]” the issue. It’s still unclear what that resolution will look like, or how long it will take the company to arrive at it.

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