Twitter said their verification system was broken. Many people have complained that blue check marks are being handed out to people who don’t deserve them. Who really deserves a verified blue check? I don’t know, but i do know that blue check has been the topic of controversy for a hot minute now. There was a time when only the most famous people, or people who were famous for something were the only ones who received blue check marks. As Twitter got older, their policy seemed to change. More and more accounts that made you ask the question “who the hell is that?” seemed to be getting verified. It looks like some users or (hater’s) aren’t the only ones to see a flaw in the system. Twitter seems to think something is wrong here too.
CNN (@cnn) reports, Twitter announced on Thursday (November 19th) that the company is pausing all “general verificatons” because of confusion over the policy. The decision comes days after Twitter verified the man credited with organizing this summer’s white nationalist rally in Charlottesville that left one woman dead and hundreds injured. People have been loudly questioning and protesting Twitter’s decision to verify the user from the moment the account was verified. Other users said the move gave credibility to the white nationalist movement. (I agree) Twitter made a statement regarding the verification process.
“Verification was meant to authenticate identity and 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.”
Verified accounts are an important part of Twitter. Like the Twitter spokesperson said, verified accounts gives some validity to the person behind the account. Without verified accounts, anyone could create an account and claim to be Beyonce, or Tom Brady, or even the president of The Unite States. While I agree that the verification process may need a little tweaking here and there, I don’t think Twitter will be able to function without one.