New Media Platform Caters to Clinton Supporters

Site lets backers share quotes, factoids, but early reviews aren't great
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 5, 2017 10:32 AM CDT
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In this June 5, 2017, photo, Hillary Clinton speaks in Baltimore.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

You may have never heard of Verrit, but Hillary Clinton hopes to change that. Over the weekend, she tweeted that she had joined the "media platform for the 65.8 million" and asked her supporters to sign up, too. The 65.8 million figure refers to the number of people who voted for her in the 2016 election. The site, created by former Clinton adviser Peter Daou, aims to make it easy for Clinton supporters to share quotes and factoids, each packaged on something that resembles a business card and carries an authentication number. (The details on who authenticates the information is unclear, notes the Daily News.) Daou tells recode that he wants Verrit to help Clinton supporters fight “bullying from the radical right and fringe left," and he plans to expand the platform to include a podcast and videos.

Shortly after Clinton's tweet of support, the site went down Sunday evening temporarily because of what Daou calls a "pretty significant and sophisticated" cyber attack. Meanwhile, early reviews aren't kind. "Daou wants us to pepper our online debates with these pictures?" asks Matthew Hughes at The Next Web. "Does he not realize that will make reasonable people—both on the left and the right—immediately switch off, just like they do when they get an email that starts with RE:FWD:FWD:RE:RE:RE:RE?" At Gizmodo, Tom McKay thinks Verrit is a "terrible bet in an already over-saturated media economy." The site's Twitter feed had 48,000 followers Tuesday morning, and most came aboard after Clinton's show of support, per a Verrit tweet. (More Hillary Clinton stories.)

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