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Verrit is a political website created by former digital adviser for Hillary Clinton Peter Daou in which people can upload verified quotes on politics, which will then be turned into easily-shareable cards which one can use in political debate online. The cards come with an "authentication code" that links back to the source of the quote. The site, whose mantra "Media for the 65.8 Million" is a reference to the amount of votes Clinton won in the 2016 United States Presidential Election, is intended to be a site that reflects the worldview of Clinton voters. However, shortly after its creation and subsequent endorsement from Clinton herself, the site was victim of a cyber-attack and became a target of mockery.


Though Verrit does not have its launch date listed, its Twitter account[1] launched on June 5th, 2017 (first tweet shown below). The site was launched by Peter and Leela Daou, the former of which has been an outspoken supporter of Clinton on Twitter, particularly since the election.

Verrit @verrit ( Follow ) verrit "A political struggle that does not have women at the heart of it, above it, below it, and within it is no struggle at all-Arundhati Roy 廷 | authentication code: 0443055 9:45 AM-5 Jun 2017

In the site's mission statement,[3] it clearly states it is intended to appeal to Clinton voters, saying:

"With the essence of American democracy at stake, 65.8 million people saw through the lies and smears and made a wise, patriotic choice. But they continue to be marginalized and harassed. Verrit’s purpose is to become their trusted source of political information and analysis; to provide them (and anyone like-minded) sanctuary in a chaotic media environment; to center their shared principles; and to do so with an unwavering commitment to truth and facts."

The site came into the public eye on Sunday, September 3rd, 2017, when Hillary Clinton tweeted[2] an endorsement of Verrit, writing "I'm excited to sign up for @Verrit, a media platform for the 65.8 million! Will you join me and sign up too?" (shown below).

Hillary Clinton @HillaryClinton Follow I'm excited to sign up for @Verrit, a media platform for the 65.8 million! Will you join me and sign up too? rs can come Justice and ty can win." ry Clinton Introducing Verrit: Media for the 65.8 Million Barriers can come down. Justice and equality can win. 8:20 PM-3 Sep 2017

Nearly immediately after Clinton endorsed the site, it was hit with a cyber-attack that kept it down for several hours.[4]

Criticism and Parodies

After Clinton tweeted her support of the site, many criticized the site for its views as well as its efficacy. Many pointed out that one of the first articles the site had published[5] argued that Bernie Sanders and the mainstream media helped Donald Trump win the election, a claim that continues to bristle Sanders supporters. New York Magazine[6] writer Brian Feldman pointed out that the site clearly demonstrated its center-left bias by pointing out "Verrit is a site where '12% of Sanders supporters cast their vote for Trump over Clinton' is a fact with an authentication code, but 'the majority of white women voted for Trump' isn’t." He also wrote:

"(Verrit) is for people who believe that Hillary Clinton lost not through a complex mélange of misogyny, bad campaign strategy, a decades-long political track record full of stumbles, and countless other aspects, but because Bernie Sanders was employed by Putin to disrupt the election by saying health care shouldn’t bankrupt anyone."

Other's trolled the site by uploading fake Verrit quotes, noting that the site's inherent problem is that by providing quotes with context provided in an "authentication code," it would be easy to take a quote out of context. Twitter user @JoshuaMound[7] demonstrated this by taking a tweet by Daou that said ""Bernie would have won" is an instant block.
Useless and baseless conjecture. Betrays someone unfocused on the challenge ahead"[8] and using it to create a Verrit card that displays Daou once said "Bernie Would Have Won" (shown below).

Josh Mound @JoshuaMound Follow I was skeptical of Verrit at first, but it seems to have developed a good message. verrit "Bernie would have won." -Verrit Founder Peter Daou authentication code: 0443072

Others mocked the site by creating various fake cards and making fun of Daou himself. Jokes like these were covered by Mediaite.[9]

Aleksei @AlekseiTheWolf Fllo A perfect summation of @verrit's short existence and why they are already doomed to fail: Verrit @verrit 3h Joy Reid: 'It's Very Hard for People to Admit They Were Fooled ery hard for people to a were fooled, whether by scheme, a real estates idential candidate." - Jo Joy Reid: 'It's Very Hard for People to A... de: 0443020 0121 433 888 Enrique ▼ @enriperez1 Replying to@verrit is this... .a fact? verified by who? is the whole point of this site to Scott Wooledge @Clarknt67 ( Follow ) Replying to @virgiltexas This checks out. I ran this through @Verrit and got Daouthentication code #0116108 verrit "It cannot be overstated whata gigantic f----up Clinton's campaign was. It may have been the biggest self-own in U.S. electoral history." -Virgil Texas authentication code: 0116108 Ashley Feinberg @ashleyfeinberg Following some really thought-provoking stuff here Jared Kushner: I Know Slenderman Is Real Because I Am He verrit "I am the Slenderman. Cower before me and bask in the splendor of my forest mansion."-Jared Kushner authentication code: 0443103 1:20 PM - 4 Sep 2017

"You Liked a Tweet From an Account With a Mock Verrit Insulting Me."

On September 6th, amidst mockery directed at his platform, Peter Daou tweeted at New York Times writer Sopan Deb saying, "You too, @SopanDeb? Wow, if anyone has any doubt why Hillary was trashed in the press, look no further than the reaction to @Verrit." Deb, confused, replied "uh did I say something about Verrit?" to which Daou replied "You liked a tweet from an account with a mock Verrit insulting me."[9]

Peter Daou @peterdaou Follow ) You too, @SopanDeb? Wow, if anyone has any doubt why Hillary was trashed in the press, look no further than the reaction to @Verrit. 11:53 PM- 6 Sep 2017 : J 76 Retweets 261 Likes Tweet your reply Sopan Deb @SopanDeb 17h Replying to @peterdaou @verrit uh did I say something about Verrit? 231 Peter Daou@peterdaou 16h You liked a tweet from an account with a mock Verrit insulting me. 179 123 262

Daou's response to someone liking a tweet mocking his website fueled his and Verrit's critics further, and inspired another round of jokes making fun of Daou. These were compiled by Select All[10] on the 7th.

leon Following @leyawn Replying to @theshrillest I have liked a tweet that was from an account with a mock verrit insulting you Forgive me it was so funny so good and so cold 1:25 AM-7 Sep 2017 Lana Del Raytheon @LanaDelRaytheon Following "But...why???? "You liked a tweet from an account with a mock Verrit insulting me ." 1:04 AM -7 Sep 2017 Lana Del Raytheon @LanaDelRaytheon Following "You liked a tweet from an account with a mock Verrit insulting me."

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