Hell broke loose last week when Twitter decided to suspend it’s blue tick verification. Twitter verification is a process that allows people to know that a public account is authentic. This includes celebrities, TV channels, TV shows, movies, political groups etc.
What did Twitter have to say about this?
A tweet from the Twitter Support handle said, “Verification was meant to authenticate identity & voice but it is interpreted as an endorsement or an indicator of importance. We recognize that we have created this confusion and need to resolve it. We have paused all general verifications while we work and will report back soon.”
The situation got worst when Twitter verified the account of Jason Kessler, organiser of the white supremacist rally, the incident in Charlottesville, Virginia, which left one dead in August.
Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter immediately came to the defence and said, “We should’ve communicated faster on this (yesterday): our agents have been following our verification policy correctly, but we realized some time ago the system is broken and needs to be reconsidered. And we failed by not doing anything about it. Working now to fix faster.”
Here are some reactions by the users when the blue tick was disabled:
Before this move, the platform didn’t seem to analyse the content and nature of the profile. However, we must make a note of the fact that the blue tick does not mean that Twitter endorses the views of the public figure. However, the problem has now been solved and all the profiles seemed to have got their blue tick back.
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Written by : Shruti Bondal