Twitter "Verifies" Charlottesville Nazi Rally Organizer Jason Kessler

Belafon11/08/2017 6:11:41 pm PST

re: #26 klys (maker of Silmarils)

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.

The only way to make Twitter play nice is to have full time staff that monitor it. But for something people don’t pay for, that’s basically impossible.