'Verified Account ' Seal For Twitter Users

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone has responded to the suit by St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa over fake tweets made in his name on the company blog detailing Twitter's future plans to combat false accounts - saturday.

According to Stone in the post, 'Twitter's Terms of Service are fair and we believe will be upheld in a court that will ultimately dismiss Mr. La Russa's lawsuit.' The microblogging company also purports to suspend, delete, or transfer control of accounts known to be started by impostors.

On a more security-note, however, Stone stated that the company recognizes an opportunity to improve its customer service, and will experiment starting this summer with a beta preview of a feature called 'Verified Accounts.' The account will feature a special seal indicating that it belong to the individual or group it says it belongs. The experiment will begin with 'public officials, public agencies, famous artists, athletes, and other well-known individuals at risk of impersonation,' Stone wrote. The company hopes to extend the verified seal subsequently to all accounts.
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