In response, the company's Support account tried to explain that verifications were never meant to serve as an "endorsement or an indicator of importance".
Twitter users looking to get verified typically have to submit an online form that requests an email address, phone number and website link to a biography that specifies "an area of expertise and/or a company mission". Richard Spencer, who argued in an interview with a British journalist this week that the trans-Atlantic slave trade was good for Africans, is verified. A Twitter spokesperson declined to comment on what exactly pausing "general verification" means. Seems like the kind of person Twitter would not want to amplify, but alas no. The platform verifies accounts across a range of fields-from sports people like Cristiano Ronaldo, to politicians like President Donald Trump, to religious figures like Pope Francis-but says that the account must be in the public interest to warrant verification.
Dorsey admitted: "We realised some time ago the system is broken and needs to be reconsidered".
OJ Simpson banned from Las Vegas hotel after release on parole
Simpson, who was apparently trying to steal memorabilia he thought had been stolen from him, was sentenced to 33 years in prison. LaVergne denied that Simpson had been intoxicated while at the venue, on the Las Vegas Strip.
It started off as a way for people to differentiate between real accounts and hoax accounts; it was simply identity verification.
The company has also come under heavy fire for verifying the account of a white supremacist. They also appear more likely to show up in Google search's Twitter bar, which populates at the top of search results for important news events.
Twitter users began protesting Kessler's verification shortly after it became public.
U.S. warships cause fresh tension in Korea Peninsula
South Korea's Yonhap news agency described the exercises as an "unprecedented show of force" off the peninsula. This will be the first time the three US aircraft carriers will conduct an exercise in the area since 2007.
Strictly speaking, Twitter verification is not an endorsement of views. Twitter has never been transparent about exactly what criteria warrants a verified account, and if the company begins making subjective decisions about verification based on tweet content, it just opens itself up to more controversy.
"Go ahead, add that middle name or even a few more emojis", said Twitter, which has been attracting a great deal of criticism of late. Twitter seems to be sitting up and taking notice.
NRSC severs fundraising ties with Roy Moore
Three other women, who were all in their teens at the time , told the paper that Moore made advances on them as well. Defiant as ever, Moore himself issued a fundraising appeal asking for emergency donations in a "spiritual battle".