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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.

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In a string of tweets less than a month ago, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey asserted the company's commitment and priority to combating harassment on its platform.

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.

"Heather Heyer was a fat, disgusting Communist. Communists have killed 94 million. Looks like it was payback time," the tweet read.

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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 Then he rescinded that claim, saying instead that he had mixed alcohol with prescription drugs — "I sometimes wake up having done strange things I can't remember."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.

 

 

 

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