Twitter says that it’s making progress on its plan to overview its authentication system, which it’s conducting within the wake of backlash in opposition to the social community verifying the account of a white supremacist rally organizer. In a sequence of tweets as we speak, the Twitter Support account acknowledges that verification comes throughout as endorsement, and that the social community’s remedy of verification has led to this. As a outcome, it’s going to alter the way it treats verification of accounts, and can unverify some customers “whose behavior does not fall within” its new tips.
5 / We are conducting an preliminary overview of verified accounts and can take away verification from accounts whose habits doesn’t fall inside these new tips. We will proceed to overview and take motion as we work in direction of a brand new program we’re pleased with.
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) November 15, 2017
The Twitter Support account begins with an admission that offering “visual prominence” to verified accounts has contributed to the notion that it’s an endorsement by the community of these particular customers, and that it ought to have taken motion earlier to clear up any confusion on this regard. It additionally says that opening up the verification course of to public submission additional exacerbated this downside.
Now, it says it’s remodeling your complete system, and has already modified its official tips on what verification means, and it’s nonetheless not accepting any submissions for verification from most people.
The largest information right here is probably going that the corporate will take motion to take away present verification for accounts the place their exercise doesn’t meet its restated tips. It’s unclear who shall be affected and when, however there’s sure to be some consideration given to it ought to any extremely seen profiles grow to be unverified because of this overview.