Put author Cormac McCarthy does not tweet jokes about it Pete Buttigieg, Secretary of Transport, or Throne using the @CormacMcCrthy handle. But a member Twitter the verification team mistakenly believed the bill to be the right thing and hit it with a vaunted blue tick.
The account, which originated in 2018 and has nearly 50,000 followers, is briefly labeled as a verified user, although it does not belong to McCarthy. According to the 88-year-old authoring agent and publisher, McCarthy never joined Twitter.
“The said account was verified by mistake and has since been canceled,” Twitter said The Guardian. “An account will also be required to adhere to Twitter’s parody, news sources, comments and fan account rules.” Accounts that must adhere to the rules of this policy do not qualify for verification.
The company did not explain how the error occurred. Those applying for a verification badge should provide evidence that they are a genuine article, for example through a copy of a government ID or official website leading to the handle. The owner of the fake McCarthy account apparently did none of this. The Guardian suggests that Twitter may have proactively verified the next account viral tweet about engagements.
Twitter has been flooded with verification requests in recent months. It reopened public applications for the blue tick in May, three and a half years later he put the program on hold to re-evaluate how he handles the checks, although it is evident that there are still some hiccups. It in short paused applications after eight days due to the large number of requests. Twitter is still in the process of introducing a link for the app to all accounts.
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