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Twitter pauses verification program after giving white supremacist the coveted blue tick

posted onNovember 12, 2017
by l33tdawg

Head of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, has admitted that the company's verification system is "broken" after a blue tick was awarded to white supremacist Jason Kessler. There was a backlash this week after Kessler -- who helped to arrange the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville earlier in the year -- had his Twitter account verified.

Responding to the negative reaction this prompted, Twitter announced that its verification program has been paused. The company also said that the verification tick had been largely misinterpreted by people.

The timing of Kessler's verification was particularly poor, given Twitter's current mission to clamp down on hate speech on its platform.

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