Twitter to feature “verified accounts”

In response the Tony LaRussa fake twitter account, the company is looking to crackdown:

“Stone said the company recognizes an opportunity to improve its customer service, and will experiment starting this summer with a beta preview of a feature, rumored for some time, called “Verified Accounts.” These accounts will feature a special seal indicating that they belong to the person (or persons) they say they belong to.

The experiment will begin with “public officials, public agencies, famous artists, athletes, and other well-known individuals at risk of impersonation,” Stone wrote. He said the company hopes to subsequently verify more accounts, but verification will begin with a small set due to the resources required.”

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