Twitter Revamps Verification, Unverifies Prominent White Nationalists

Twitter Revamps Verification, Unverifies Prominent White Nationalists

But the company has recently begun to worry that the badges also conveyed an endorsement of the account by Twitter.

After acknowledging on Wednesday that it had "verified people who we in no way endorse", Twitter said it had updated its policies to allow it to remove verifications from people who violate its guidelines.

The tweets, from a support account, continued: "We should have addressed this earlier but did not prioritise the work as we should have".

Twitter was open about its failure to address problems with verified badges, which were originally created to show people that an account "of public interest" is authentic.

Twitter on Wednesday removed the "verification" checkmarks from the accounts of a number of white nationalists and far-right activists - in a move that critics say could have a chilling effect on free speech. The problem was compounded past year when the verification program opened to allow public submissions.

"Twitter just emailed me to tell me they are removing my "verified badge" because they claim my account 'doesn't comply with Twitter's guidelines for verified accounts, '" Loomer tweeted.

Kessler is best known as an organizer of the Unite The Right white-supremacist rally, but before then, he had racked up a significant record of online hate propagation, particularly with anti-Semitic rhetoric about "cultural Marxism".

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It will be worth watching what other accounts lose verified status as Twitter continues its review.

Prominent members of the far-Right including the former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson have been stripped of their cherished blue ticks on Twitter after the social network changed its rules around "verified" accounts.

That statement seems to imply that Twitter considered verification as some sort of merit badge, but I digress.

The hate speech purge came after after Twitter introduced a new policy.

. Kessler claimed Twitter changed its policy to "censor" him.

Previously verified accounts may not be eligible to have their blue ticks restored, it warned.

Others including white nationalist Richard Spencer and alt-right activist Laura Loomer also tweeted that their verified badges had been removed. They include: "Promoting hate and/or violence against, or directly attacking or threatening other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or disease". Supporting organisations or individuals that promote the above. Inciting or engaging in harassment of others. 5.

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