Twitter Verifies White Supremacist Who Said Charlottesville Terror Attack Was ‘Payback Time’


Twitter, AKA the site your therapist tells you to stop looking at so much, has developed something of a white supremacist problem.

The social media platform recently verified Jason Kessler, who organized the Charlottesville white-supremacist rally in August, in which protester Heather Heyer was killed by a rampaging vehicle.

Kessler once called Heyer a “fat, disgusting communist” whose death was “payback time.” He now has a poll up asking whether or not it is “ok to be white.”

This is the guy Twitter just verified, leading some users to ask why the company has seemed to legitimize his worldview with that blue check mark.

Getting the blue check mark is seen as a rite of passage for celebrities and media personalities. Verified users are, for better or worse, considered to be official social media influencers. Twitter, however, says differently. The company tweeted that verification is merely an acknowledgement that the person in question is who they say they are:

However, if that’s all a blue check mark signifies, why don’t more people have one? Surely it would be easy for the company to throw up one of those quizzes that asks you about where you grew up and your grandmother’s maiden name or whatever. Something smells fishy.

The sudden controversy has caused them to halt verifications altogether. Founder Jack Dorsey admitted that the “system is broken” and said that they are working on a solution, noting “We failed by not doing anything about it. Working now to fix faster.”

Incidentally, there is another Jason Kessler on Twitter with a blue check mark who would like you to know that he is just an unassuming food and travel writer, and not a white supremacist.

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