Twitter and La Russa NOT Settled Yet, But...


There were several reports at the end of last week that the Tony La Russa vs. Twitter suit was settled out of court. But according to the Official Twitter blog, Twitter has no intention to settle or pay. And they believe that the case will be dismissed once it makes it to court.

Twitter does, however, intend to roll out a possible solution to impersonation accounts on its site (a violation of its terms of service) with verified accounts. According to the Twitter blog: 

We do recognize an opportunity to improve Twitter user experience and clear up confusion beyond simply removing impersonation accounts once alerted. We'll be experimenting with a beta preview of what we're calling Verified Accounts this summer.

Verified Accounts will feature a special seal.
The experiment will begin with public officials, public agencies, famous artists, athletes, and other well-known individuals at risk of impersonation. We hope to verify more accounts in the future but due to the resources required, verification will begin only with a small set.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's official site links to his Twitter account.

Please note that this doesn't mean accounts without a verification seal are fake -- the vast majority of Twitter accounts are not impersonators. Another way to determine authenticity is to check the official website of the person for a link back to their Twitter account.



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