Over at the Twitter blog they are denying rumors that they have settled a lawsuit brought by Tony LaRussa. In fact the folks at Twitter have stated that they will successfully win the lawsuit against them. They cite the fact they their policies protect those who join Twitter. But they go on to state that they will change their procedures to further add protections.
They also states that:
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.
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.
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 web site of the person for a link back to their Twitter account.
When we do start testing Account Verification, we will be sure to provide ample methods for feedback. Initially, verification will not be tested with businesses. However, we do see an opportunity in that arena so we’ll keep you posted when we have something to share.
So there you have it. Twitter promises to improve their account protections, but just for a few people. LOL