Twitter Suspends Account Verification While It Reworks Procedure

Twitter CEO wants to open up account verification to everyone, as published on Variety.com. Last November, Twitter suspended it’s verification process due to misinterpretations of verified accounts an endorsement by the company. For quite sometime, account verification has been restricted to accounts of public interest only.

Account Verification, A Virtual Class System

However, it’s becoming somewhat of a joke when accounts of movies and shows tend to get verified more than a public figure. If the intention of account verification is to ensure that the account is from an authentic true individual or entity, and not just some bot or fake account, then perhaps Twitter has missed it’s mark by a long shot. The blue icon attached next to an account has become a symbol of a virtual class system, reserved to prominent figures, corporations, brands, governments and politicians. Basically, it’s like the social media platform saying, “you’re not a real person unless you’re rich, a film, a brand, or a celebrity.” Which is really sad, since human beings … not bots – automated programs that posts periodic updates – or products that make up majority of its’ user-base. What’s more, Twitter diligently tries to sell business to users through e-mail marketing, while it denies your existence as a real person. This double-standard feels like a sand stuck in ones’ shoe.

People Are Real, Films Are Not People

Twitter’s move to allow anyone to get verified is long past due. It’s a step in the right direction, that is, if authenticity and accountability is its’ ultimate goal … and not pandering to the rich and famous. I consider Twitter to be the last virtual space which fosters real freedom of speech — and free from influences of big corporations, Unions, governments, and harsh marketing practices, where all sorts of individuals, regardless of social status, interact and share thoughts and ideas. It allows people to express themselves without being too overbearing.

Be Your Own First Line Of Defense

And to anyone who wants to get Verified in the future. Be mindful that Twitter is a private corporation, not the government, not your banking institution, and most definitely not your social services agent. You should not divulge more personal information about you than applying for a library card. Proof of identity should never include your social security number and other highly personal information.

Social media are prone to security breaches. Be your first line of defense and be cognizant about what personal information about yourself you’re going to share publicly. Because once it’s out, especially if you have a public account, it’ll stay online forever — thanks to online indexers, archivers and crawlers.

Twitter wants to make it possible for any user to get a verified account with a blue check-mark — so that verification doesn’t seem like some kind of endorsement by Twitter.

CEO Jack Dorsey discussed the idea in a 47-minute live-stream on Twitter’s Periscope on Thursday.

“The intention is to open verification to everyone, and to do it in a way that is scalable where [Twitter is] not in the way,” the CEO said. “And people can verify more facts about themselves, and we don’t have to be the judge or imply any bias on our part.”

That’s something of a change for Twitter, which previously had seen the open nature of the platform as a strength relative to services like Facebook. But the anonymity possible on Twitter has created a swamp of trolls, bullies, spam-bots and bad actors seeking to spread misinformation — including those with ties to Russia who were aiming to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election. — Todd Spangler/Variety

Twitter support announcing suspension of its’ verification process.

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. — @TwitterSupport/Nov. 9, 2017

And in a series of tweets in Novermber 15, 2017 by @TwitterSupport, it said …

UPDATE on our verification program and the actions we’re taking.

Verification has long been perceived as an endorsement. We gave verified accounts visual prominence on the service which deepened this perception. We should have addressed this earlier but did not prioritize the work as we should have.

This perception became worse when we opened up verification for public submissions and verified people who we in no way endorse.

We’re working on a new authentication and verification program. In the meantime, we are not accepting any public submissions for verification and have introduced new guidelines for the program.

We are conducting an initial review of verified accounts and will remove verification from accounts whose behavior does not fall within these new guidelines. We will continue to review and take action as we work towards a new program we are proud of.

Your Existence Doesn’t Need A Company’s Acknowledgement

So hopefully something positive and fair will come out of this. And in the mean time, Tweeps should know you don’t need a company to tell you you’re real, as long as your identity is well established in your public-facing account information – descriptive BIO, a site, appropriate banner, and an appropriate avatar. Sticking to your online identity for a period of time will enable people to associate you, your personality, and the way you engage others and express yourself to your brand… which is basically, your authentic self.

 

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