Jack Dorsey: The Blue Checkmark Nazi

Blue Checkmark

Earlier this month Michael Ian Black went ballistic when he learned that Jason Kessler had his Twitter account verified.

He sent a huffy tirade to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to let him know that blue checkmarks should not be granted to people with whom Black disagrees.

“It’s either him or me!!!”

Good grief. What a drama queen.

Well, Jack caved to the demands of the Blue Checkmark Black and yesterday Twitter unveiled new rules for verifying Twitter accounts.

Now, to those not in the know, having a verified account – or an account with a blue checkmark after your name – simply means that you are the person you claim to be on Twitter.

It is not an endorsement of your beliefs, politics, ideas or statements.

And it was never supposed to be.

Anybody can request to have their Twitter account verified.

But for Leftists like Michael Ian Black, that is worse than Hitler!!!!

And because Twitter is run by people just as fervently leftist as Michael Ian Black, they are more than happy to change the rules mid-game.

Among their litany of reasons for removing the blue checkmark on already-verified accounts, Twitter included this:

• Promoting hate and/or violence against, or directly attacking or threatening other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or disease. Supporting organizations or individuals that promote the above.

And as soon as they announced the new rules, Twitter began stripping verification from certain people.

To my knowledge, so far the only people who have lost their verification are non-Leftists.

Funny how that happens.

In fact, the psychotic, unhinged lunatic Keith Olbermann who daily goes on vicious rampages against President Trump and his family still, at this writing, has a blue checkmark.

Hell, even former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is verified.

But Tommy Robinson, an outspoken opponent of Muslim immigration into the UK?

He’s been demoted.

But the anti-Semitic witch Linda Sarsour?

She’s still got her blue checkmark.

The problem with these arbitrary rules for verification is obvious.

And trust me, Twitter knows that.

“Promoting hate” is subjective.

Keith Olbermann is certainly a hateful, noxious, despicable crank. But because his “hate” is directed toward people that the Twitter powers-that-be also hate, Keith is safe.

When verification was solely based on “this person is a real person” and nothing else, it served a purpose.

But now, Twitter has chosen to change their process to “this is someone with whom we agree.”

It’s capricious and vindictive.

Personally, the verification doesn’t affect me. I have never sought a blue checkmark for my Twitter account.

And at the end of the day, it matters about as much as a Junebug in July.

But the fact that Twitter will let itself be cowed by one angry Leftist with a blue checkmark doesn’t say an awful lot about its business model.

And as T. Becket Adams points out:

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One thought on “Jack Dorsey: The Blue Checkmark Nazi

  • November 16, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Fascism is alive and well.

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