TWITTER GIVES A WHITE SUPREMACIST LEADER THEIR BLUE VERIFICATION BADGE WHICH IS MEANT TO INDICATE AN ENDORSEMENT
Two days after Twitter Inc. stamped a blue verification badge on the Twitter account of Jason Kessler — the far-right organizer of August’s “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va. — the social network announced that it has temporarily stopped verifying accounts as it reevaluates the service.
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Kessler's verification prompted questions and a fire storm of criticism towards Twitter.
But Kessler’s tweets have not always followed that policy. In a now-deleted tweet from August, Kessler insulted Heather Heyer — the woman killed during the rally when a white supremacist drove into a crowd of protesters — and portrayed her death as justified.
Kessler later said his account had been hacked. Then he rescinded that claim, saying instead that he had mixed alcohol with prescription drugs — "I sometimes wake up having done strange things I can't remember."
While Twitter rethinks its verification policy, the blue check mark remains on Kessler's account. His latest tweet is a poll that asks: "Is it okay to be white?"
Twitter has yet to removed their blue check endorsement badge from white supremacist Jason Kessler's account.