Twitter Halts Verifications After 'Unite the Right' Organizer Gets Blue Checkmark

Jason Kessler the organizer of the

A Twitter verification - visible by a small blue checkmark next to a user's name - is what Twitter uses to confirm someone's identity so that others know they are hearing from the real LeBron James, for example, not an impersonator.

"We recognise that we have created this confusion and need to resolve it".

Photo Jason Kessler, a prominent white nationalist, at the march in Charlottesville, Va., in October.

Meanwhile, it does not appear Kessler's verification was an oversight as the account still now shows a blue check mark. "I must be the only working class white advocate with that distinction". Kessler, whose header picture on Twitter is a Confederate flag, had temporarily deleted his account in August after tweeting that Heyer "was a fat, disgusting Communist" whose death "was payback time".

Kessler's verification spawned an uproar among Twitter users, as it was seen as the company's endorsement of Kessler's beliefs. Anyone can apply to receive a blue check mark, but Twitter is judge, jury and executioner when it comes to who receives, or loses, the blue check. Kessler, the Charlottesville rally organizer, received official Twitter verification on Tuesday, according to a report by the Daily Beast.

That's not to say that the people who said that shouldn't have been verified - it's to say Twitter hasn't made it clear exactly what verification is, let alone who's going to get it. Twitter has also verified prominent white supremacist Richard Spencer.

On Thursday morning Twitter announced it would pause its verification process indefinitely.

Jack Dorsey vowed that his company would take a more aggressive stance on things like "hate symbols, violent groups, and tweets that glorifies violence". "And we failed by not doing anything about it", tweeted Dorsey. Seems like the kind of person Twitter would not want to amplify, but alas no. He even said that Twitter, "should have stopped the current process at the beginning of the year".

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