Lately, it seems that Twitter's been a bit lax (for lack of a better word) as to how it allows people to join the service. It seems that anyone can sign up for an account, including spammers, giving me pause to think about how the company conducts its business.
All this has come to a head with the revelation that Twitter staff verified an account for Wendi Deng Murdoch, wife of media mogul Rupert Murdoch. The problem is, as it turned out, the user account @Wendi_Deng, isn't a legitimate account. In a tweet later posted from the account in fact confirmed this leading some to question how Twitter validates the identity of account owners it chooses to bestow the validated badge upon. According to ReadWriteWeb:
Yes, that's right. For an entire day, the account purporting to be Rupert Murdoch's wife was verified, even though it was fake. The verification process is supposed to guarantee to Twitter users that this person is who they say they are. But, as fake-Wendi herself says, "you have to wonder... why Twitter verified this account for a full day. I never received any communication from them about this."
I, for one, think that better validation of account owners is warranted from Twitter. So much blame is placed at Facebook's feet for privacy violations, however, one thing that can be said about their service is at least the people I connect with, I'm relatively certain they're who I think they are.