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.
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
@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.
@Gargron Great news. Is there any possible way to filter the local and public timeline so i dont see toots already posted in my home timeline?
@Gargron Yeah, verification as a tool has downsides (re: making some voices sound more authoritative on every subject), but it's something that is also kind of missed in a world of people freely willing to spoof the voices of others. Wish I had a better solution.
@hypolite People have finite hours in the day to do due diligence in making sure that every voice is who they say they are, let alone what they say is worth anything, especially at the speed the internet and news work at though, especially when so much money and political capital exists in making sure that information is less and less easy to get to or trust.
But I admit I don't have a good solution to the problem.
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