Twitter’s better version verification system is coming soon, CEO Dorsey made the comment during a Periscope live stream. In this he discussed the San Francisco company’s efforts to measure the “health” of public conversation.
Twitter’s CEO Dorsey said that Twitter is redesigning verification so that people can verify more facts about themselves and we don’t have to be the judge or imply any intolerance on our part.
He hinted that the remodeling would be in place before the U.S. midterm elections to verify the identities of candidates.
Fixing the verification system is one of the steps Twitter says it’s taking to tackle hate speech, abuse and misinformation on the social media service.
Verification, which awards blue check marks to confirm the identity of a Twitter user. It was suspended last fall after the social media service came under fire for verifying white supremacist Jason Kessler. He used Twitter to organize rallies such as Unite the Right’s torch-wielding march in Charlottesville.
Twitter originally began verifying accounts to distinguish individuals in public life celebrities, politicians, journalists and others.
Anyone can apply to be verified on Twitter, yet the decision-making process is opaque. Twitter says blue check marks are not intended to be an endorsement but they have become status symbols that confer perks such as appearing at the top of searches.
Twitter has verified the accounts of some of the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, who have spoken out on gun control after a shooter killed 17 people.
Twitter said that its not going to be overnight, they have to work hard. Being open is going to be uncomfortable for them in many ways. But they want to be very open and very vulnerable with all about “what they are facing and what their challenges are.”