The Twitter verification process overhaul is now on hold, taking a backseat to the microblog’s efforts to fight fake news on the platform…
Social microblog Twitter says it’s suspending its blue check-mark verification reform because it’s putting all its efforts into battling fake news and misleading information on the platform.
Originally, Twitter introduced its familiar verification badge for high-profile public figures. It then extended the program to a pool of tech writers. That was followed by a more open application process.
Twitter Verification Process Overhaul Halted Temporarily
But, as it became increasingly widespread, abuses popped up here and there. For instance, it verified the accounts of self-described racists and conspiracy theorists. (Which is problematic, since it essentially gives shady profiles validation.) Twitter argued it did so only to confirm authenticity of the account holder but not to endorse any content. However, public opinion differs greatly, seeing the blue check-mark as a status symbol.
Making matters worse, the company announced earlier this year it would in-fact, open the application process to every user. Now, Engadget reports the following about the company’s latest decision to suspend its verification reformation:
“New product lead Kayvon Beykpour has announced that Twitter is putting its verification reform efforts on hold to focus on ‘information quality’ in the run-up to the US mid-term elections. The move is meant to help the social network ‘move faster’ on areas it thinks are ‘most important,’ Beykpour said.
The company will come back to the verification issue once it makes “more progress,” Beykpour added, referencing an email that hinted it might take a few weeks.”
Although, the program is entirely shuttered during this brief hiatus. Beykpour states the company will continue to verify some public figures.
It was recently revealed Twitter suspended 128 million accounts in a five month period for various policy violations.