Plenty of people are sick of the way Twitter is giving a platform and turning a blind eye to hate groups by verifying their accounts but now Seth Rogen is putting Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on front street for his continual lapse in good judgment.
Fed up with Twitter's inability to effectively address the proliferation of racists and white supremacists now plaguing the popular platform, the actor, writer, director decided to call out Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey publicly Tuesday on Twitter saying:
Revealing he'd been messaging Dorsey privately about the issue for months now in a behind-the-scenes bid for a solution to the problem, Rogen finally came to the conclusion that the CEO of Twitter simply doesn’t care.
While Twitter verifies notable users with a little blue checkmark next to their username, to let "...people know that an account of public interest is authentic,” the problem is that a checkmark or verified designation comes with algorithmic favoritism that bumps verified user replies to other tweets over non-verified accounts.
None of this is new however. According to Mashable, Twitter knew this back in November of 2017:
...Twitter became aware it had a verification problem when the company gave a blue checkmark to Jason Kessler, the organizer of the deadly Unite the Right neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville. Verified users on its platform gain a level of authority from the public. Being verified on Twitter didn’t just mean you are who you say you are. It was perceived by most who used the platform as an endorsement from Twitter: The verified users were important people.
Twitter said they were taking action—here are the receipts:
Verification was meant to authenticate identity & voice but it is interpreted as an endorsement or an indicator of importance. We recognize that we have created this confusion and need to resolve it. We have paused all general verifications while we work and will report back soon— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) November 9, 2017
2 / Verification has long been perceived as an endorsement. We gave verified accounts visual prominence on the service which deepened this perception. We should have addressed this earlier but did not prioritize the work as we should have.— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) November 15, 2017
5 / We are conducting an initial review of verified accounts and will remove verification from accounts whose behavior does not fall within these new guidelines. We will continue to review and take action as we work towards a new program we are proud of.— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) November 15, 2017
Twitter users backed Rogen up:
Don’t we know it, man. We’ve been reporting this shit for a year and a half with little movement. You can’t escape the fact that racism and harassment equals traffic equals a higher stock price equals millions in their pockets.— Sleeping Giants (@slpng_giants) July 3, 2018
it isn't simply profit motive but also ideological motivation that keeps *every* social media platform friendly to fascism— Lenin lives (@ghostoflenin) July 3, 2018
Tried for years with them, the rest of the higher ups are just as bad. “We like to let the community decide”. It was funny that before trump one of the other excuses they were giving to not do their jobs was “what if the president blocked someone? Isnt that a free speech issue?”— andröid wk (@UnburntWitch) July 3, 2018
Crazier still, accounts that aren’t breaking rules are getting suspended. The account I share my kids’ milestones on has been suspended for some unknown Twitter violation. No real reason. Just shut down. It’s just sweet milestones. No spam, no hate. Re: @dayngrousduo 💔— Dayngr (@Dayngr) July 4, 2018
Many urged Rogen to share screenshots of his conversations with Dorsey with the media:
But it appears Twitter's so-called changes have done nothing to resolve the issue, even with the policy that as Mashable points out is "...claiming that Twitter would enforce its rules based not only on tweets, but also on users' behavior off the platform," and others online repeatedly calling out the troublesome accounts:
The violent, racist gang leader thug @Gavin_McInnes & his gang @ProudBoysUSA are both verified on @jack’s @twitter. They use @twitter to promote violence & recruit. Gavin sent one of his goon thugs to my house to threaten me for mocking his neo-Nazi gang. https://t.co/d0PKHQsTsP pic.twitter.com/7KEIUF3yTU— Vic Berger IV (@VicBergerIV) July 3, 2018