Twitter bows to KOT pressure, verifies lethal striker Michael Olunga’s account

By Kennedy Mwaniki On Thu, 15 Oct, 2020 12:18 | < 1 min read
Michael Olunga
Kenyan international footballer Michael Olunga. PHOTO | MICHAEL OLUNGA

Twitter seems to have finally abandoned its policy against verification after it bowed to pressure from Kenyans on Twitter (KOT) to verify the account of football sensation Michael Olunga.

Earlier this week, Olunga’s numerous KOT fans came out full throttle on Twitter to plead with the social networking firm to give the striker a blue badge.

The Kenyan star currently commands a huge following on Twitter, with over 60,000 followers, and his fans feared the cropping up of parodies and impersonators.

The player had previously reached out to Twitter for verification of his account following his impressive performance in recent months as his star continues to glow in Japan where he plies his trade.

The Kashiwa Reysol super striker has so far scored 21 goals this season, making him Japan’s league top scorer.

Media personality Carol Radull had also taken to the social media platform to gather support for the striker to be verified.

Olunga is now the second Kenyan international player to be given the blue badge after former Tottenham player Victor Wanyama.

Since Twitter abandoned its verification programme, it has largely been seen as biased and discriminative since it is still selectively verifying famous entities while treating ordinary members as an underclass.

Recently, Twitter verified the account of Kenya’s trade unionist Francis Atwoli who heads the Central Organisation for Trade Unions (Cotu).

The Cotu boss has been vocal on 2022 succession politics and it is not clear if his verification was done in his capacity as a trade unionist or his increasing popularity and pull in political circles.

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