The Verge: Twitter’s messy verification process is making candidates wait

The Verge: Twitter’s messy verification process is making candidates wait. “On Friday morning, Jeff Sites, a challenger to Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, didn’t have a blue verification badge on his official Twitter page. Sites had announced his campaign months earlier, so he should have been verified months ago. It caught the eye of one volunteer named Nancy Levine, who has been monitoring Twitter’s plan to verify all 2020 candidates, and has been lobbying Twitter on Sites’ behalf specifically. After speaking with Levine, The Verge contacted Twitter to inquire about the nature of the delay; within hours, the candidate was verified.”

Nieman Lab: Native verification tools for the blue checkmark crowd

Nieman Lab: Native verification tools for the blue checkmark crowd. “…my prediction for the coming year is that at least one platform will engage with its most influential users, giving them access to special tools and training to identify and contextualize sources and claims in their feeds. This will allow platforms to split the difference between a clutter-free onboarding for Aunt Jane and a full-featured verification and sourcing interface for users whose every retweet goes out to hundreds of thousands of people, or whose page or group serves as an information hub for users and activists. These tools and training will also eventually be released to the general public, though for the general public, they will default to off.” I’d be more excited about this if the verification process on Twitter weren’t such a mess. (Brand names like Mr. Peanut get verified. Actual humans might have a harder time.)