Twitter announced yesterday that it will be pausing account verifications until it sorts out policy issues regarding the status.

The social media giant was prompted to rethink its rules on the matter due to criticisms it had received when it verified the account of Jason Kessler, the organizer of the Charlottesville white supremacist rally which had left one protester dead. Kessler deleted his account after receiving flak for insulting the slain protester, but soon returned and was verified only 26 days after Twitter’s denouncement of online abuse and hate.

In a tweet, Twitter’s support team said that verification is meant to authenticate a user’s identity and voice, but is often interpreted as an endorsement.  

Source: TechCrunch

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