Twitter pauses verifications after Charlottesville rally organizer gets blue check

Who would have thought a blue check mark on Twitter could cause such an uproar.

The San Francisco tech firm said Thursday that it was pausing verifications on the social media site, which some people interpret as “an endorsement or an indicator of importance.”

The move comes days after Jason Kessler — a white nationalist who organized the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia –bragged about getting a blue check mark on his profile.

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The company places a blue check mark next to a Twitter profile if the tech firm determines it’s an authentic account of public interest. Users can submit a request to get verified.

“Our agents have been following our verification policy correctly, but we realized some time ago the system is broken and needs to be reconsidered,” tweeted Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey.

He said the tech firm “failed by not doing anything about it,” but Twitter is working faster now to fix the issue.

In response to Dorsey’s tweet, some users criticized the tech firm for verifying Kessler in the first place.

Others still aren’t buying the argument that Twitter’s verification don’t indicate an endorsement from the company.

Photo Credit: The Twitter building is photographed Dec. 14, 2015, in San Francisco, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

 

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