I have just updated mastodon.social to the latest master.

Link verification for remote accounts has been fixed. Unfortunately it seems like there's still confusion about the :verified: custom emoji that some admins decided to unleash on the fediverse. I mean, I've seen countless people confused by standard unicode checkmarks, and here you got the Twitter badge as a custom emoji. Personally think it's a bit irresponsible. Maybe display names should not support custom emojis after all, god knows they're bad for screen readers anyway.

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I know trying to educate about it in a toot is futile 'cause the people who'll be confused by it won't see this message, but I'll do it anyway for the record:

Mastodon does not have a verification badge. And if it did, it would not be near the name where it's so easily spoofed by custom emoji and standard unicode.

What Mastodon does have, in the upcoming version, is link ownership verification, and it's on the profile view.

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What it means, in this screenshot for example, is that @dansup and pixelfed.social/dansup are the same person. That could be any link: homepage, blog, other Mastodon profile, Twitter profile

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@Gargron Any suggestions on where to place a verification back-link in a mastodon profile?
Pinned toots don't support html.

Maybe the profile text does, but the space is limited.

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