Anyone who's tried to get verified on Twitter knows it's not the easiest thing to do. And yet, Seth Rogen can't believe that the site has verified numerous white supremacist accounts and doesn't seem all that concerned about it.
On Tuesday morning, the actor revealed that he'd been engaged in a lengthy direct message conversation with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey over this, and had reached the conclusion that Dorsey "simply does not seem to give a f--k."
Rogen didn't go into detail about what was said in that back-and-forth exchange, but it's probably not much different than what the company has said publicly in the past. It seems that every time another white supremacist account is verified and scores that elusive blue check, the controversy rises again.
I've been DMing with @jack about his bizarre need to verify white supremacists on his platform for the last 8 months or so, and after all the exchanges, I've reached a conclusion: the dude simply does not seem to give a fuck.
This past November, as Mediaite reported, the company came under public scrutiny from Hollywood and beyond when it verified the account for Jason Kessler, the man who organized the white nationalist Charlottesville "Unite the Right" rally that turned into an ugly riot.
The incident, that included a single death after a man associated with the white nationalist groups drove into a group of counter-protesters, is most remembered now for Donald Trump's controversial responses where he said there was "blame on both sides" of the riot, and that there were "very fine people" on both sides.
When pressed about verifying Kessler's account, Twitter referred the media to its "Verified Accounts" page, which said, "An account may be verified if it is determined to be an account of public interest." As Mashable reported at the time, the company ultimately suspended their verification process for review and removed the check from several white supremacist leaders, like Kessler.
Today, the "Verified Accounts" page has not changed, but there is no blue check on Jason Kessler's Twitter account. In the immediate aftermath of the November controversy and verification suspension, Twitter purged the verifications of several white supremacists.