Twitter verified a fake 2020 congressional candidate that was created by a high schooler

{ object.primary_image.title }}

The fact that Twitter was so easily duped by a teenager whose actions could so easily be reproduced by individuals looking to manipulate political discourse and the 2020 elections is concerning. A 17-year-old high school student was able to pull off a feat that’s out of reach for many ordinary Twitter users: getting a coveted blue “verified” checkmark. However, he didn’t get his own account verified, instead managing to convince Twitter to verify an account he created for a fake Republican candidate for Congress, reports CNN Business . The verification of the fictitious congressional candidate, Andrew Walz, comes on the heels of a Twitter spokesperson emphasizing that “our worst-case scenario is that we verify someone who isn’t actually the candidate.” Read Full Story

Read Full Article on Fast Company

Subscribe to our newsletter

Join our newsletter and never miss out trending marketing news.

HitcountVariables(pk=1796, ajax_url='/api/hit/ajax/', hits='0')