Twitter has announced they have suspended it’s blue tick verified programme having described it as “broken”, following a number of complaints about the type of accounts being verified.
Traditionally Twitter would only verify highly sought after accounts such as musicians, journalists and company executives with the blue tick checkmark next to their profile.
This week Twitter has seen a huge hike in complaints from users after some far-right and white-supremacists accounts have been verified.
Twitter took prompt action and suspended the verification programme they have in place with Twitter founder Jack Dorsey adding he the scheme would now be “reconsidered”.
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
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) November 9, 2017
Twitter released a statement saying “Verification was meant to authenticate identity and voice, but it is interpreted as an endorsement or an indicator of importance.
“We recognise that we have created this confusion and need to resolve it.”
Twitter has added as a result no further “general” accounts would be verified, while it worked on a fix.