Is Twitter's verification process sexist? | The Tylt
Numerous high-profile cases of harassment against women have brought Twitter's verification process into the spotlight. For many women, that blue checkmark of verification isn't just a status symbol—it filters out a great deal of abuse. So people are asking why roughly twice as many men as women are verified, and accusing Twitter of gender bias. Others say Twitter just opened up its quality filter setting to everyone—they're trying to play fair.
Is Twitter's verification process sexist?
Jenn Frank left Twitter in protest after she was denied verification when her husband, with far fewer credentials, was accepted: "How lovely, that being famous enough, or a male programmer enough, results in better social tools," Frank tweeted.
Twitter is trying—Brianna Wu, who was literally driven from her home by harassment during Gamergate, had positive words about Twitter opening up their quality filter to everyone.
But Wu also pointed out that the data shows bias against women—which in itself is unfair, but even more unjust when you factor in that women on Twitter actually need the shield of verification far more than men do.
A man with less than 2k followers who isn't in any way notable gets verified, a woman with over 10k who has been quoted by press gets denied— Camille Fournier (@skamille) August 26, 2016
Twitter is trying to level the playing field by creating additional tools to shield users from harassment.
But with only 30% female employees, many argue that Twitter is biased both towards verifying women and towards their concerns about harassment.