The Problem With Verification
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October 7, 20197 min read, 1436 words

The Problem With VerificationThe Problem With Verification

Taylor Lorenz
Published: October 7, 2019  |  7 min read, 1436 words
Travis Hawley was scrolling through the comments sections of LeBron James’s Instagram posts recently when he noticed some postings from other athletes. “Dm me to buy verification badge,” wrote Dmitry Orlov, a player for the Washington Capitals. “Dm me to buy verification badge! ...
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critic reviews: 2
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public reviews: 4

CRITIC REVIEWS

Credible
October 9, 2019
Credible
I thought this was pretty well-reported and brings up an important issue in our digital age. I've seen a bunch of verified people on Twitter with, like, 500 followers, so it was nice to know way. One critique -- I think the author could have played up the conflict in the story more. I would have liked to see a bit more "harm" on the part of the scammers to show why the story is important.
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Balanced
October 12, 2019
Balanced
A well-written piece on the issue discussed. Balanced, with good expository quotes and commentary. The article brings to mind the old, relatively (in internet terms), adage: "If it's on the internet, it must be true". And, to further the thought, on the internet, truth, like art, is in the eye of the beholder. A worthwhile read which will leave the prospective reader better informed as to how to discern veracity in the online realm.
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PUBLIC REVIEWS

Credible
October 9, 2019
Credible
Credible but only 4 stars because despite the legit analysis of how arbitrary and ineffective the verification component of social media sites are, article focuses on the single issues of people getting scammed into buying verification marks from hacked accounts -- a tangential issue to the main points that should be the actual focus of the article. Possibly just another big tech attack piece that plays up certain dangers/threats despite the otherwise solid reporting here.
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Balanced
October 7, 2019
Balanced
A balanced article identifying a well known problem in social media today. Author Taylor Lorenz dives into the confusion of these verification processes, and the fraud that can grow because of it. I especially liked this from her concluding paragraph, "Until Twitter and Instagram take steps to publicly delineate what exactly verification means on the platform, and offer a transparent public process for vetting people, bad actors will exploit people’s confusion. And more people will continue to dream up theories about how the process works."
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Anecdotal Evidence
October 7, 2019
Anecdotal Evidence
This feels like part opinion piece part reporting on recent events/ the verification process on platforms in general. It's mostly about how it's hard to understand how these processes work which makes it seem like you can buy it.
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Balanced
October 8, 2019
Balanced
Great balanced article around the topic of verification of social media. The author manages to bring the reader along from specific cases to the broader problem providing great context and insight on the matter.
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