Twitter to pilot new account verification system

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While still facing a lawsuit from Tony La Russa, the manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, over an account that impersonated him; Twitter has announced that it will be piloting a new “Verified Accounts” system, allowing users to verify if it is who they say they are. The beta will begin with public officials, agencies, famous celebrities and other well known people who are “at risk of impersonation.”

This might be a step in the right direction, as it is against the terms of service to impersonate someone else, but it should also be noted that not all accounts are fake – like mine (@terencehuynh) or’s Twitter account (@techgeekcomau).