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Twitter "Verifies" Charlottesville Nazi Rally Organizer Jason Kessler

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klys (maker of Silmarils)11/08/2017 6:09:09 pm PST

re: #20 Renaissance_Man

The question I have is, why do people on Twitter consider a verification mark to be a status symbol and a mark of quality? Given the number of bots, surely a verification mark should mean just that - a nonbot. Why is it considered to be a sign of official approval?

I also get that simply not getting rid of the Nazis is a sign of official approval, which is why I would be interested to see whether alternatives (eg. Mastodon) have some method of regulation to curb human nature. Unrestrained human nature is the main problem with internet communication at this point.

Because verification doesn’t simply mean “not a bot” - it is supposed to be reserved for people who Twitter deems “of note” or likely to be impersonated. It comes with some additional tools to help manage things like one’s mentions, I believe, although since I’m not verified I have no idea. Charles might be able to offer some more insight on that area.

Mastodon has a different set-up but some issues of its own, like how moderating can play out in reality. I don’t know that either model is ultimately going to solve the “unrestrained human nature” issue but I think that if it were applied better, Twitter’s approach has the better chance, honestly.

That’s part of what makes Twitter’s reluctance to deal with this so frustrating.