Twitter strips prominent white supremacists and neo-Nazis of blue ticks


The change in policy comes just weeks after Twitter came under fire for granting Jason Kessler verified status.

This change is accompanied by a new set of guidelines that allows Twitter to remove verification based on behaviour. The violations include misleading users on Twitter, as well as promoting hate and harassing others, among other types of behavior that violate Twitter's rules. For now, the verification program is still suspended, Twitter says, while it continues work out its new rules. Loomer also claimed that Twitter is making her account harder to find and said the platform is "trying to eradicate my presence".

Other Twitter users who lost their verified status included far-right activist James Allsup and British conservative writer Tommy Robinson.

Twitter verification is not forever.

"Verification was meant to authenticate identity and voice but it is interpreted as an endorsement or an indicator of importance", the company tweeted last Thursday. Every verification revocation will evoke loads of scrutiny at the very least.

For those of you who aren't familiar, Twitter issues a blue checkmark on certain accounts which indicate that the owner of the account has been "verified" as being the person they claim to be.

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Twitter said many people viewed the verified badge as a sign that the company was endorsing the account.

"Twitter has changed their verification policy just to be able to censor me", claimed Kessler, who describes himself a journalist, while complaining about the deletion of another controversial profile known as "Baked Alaska", a United States white nationalist called Tim Gionet. "Supporting organizations or individuals that promote the above; and inciting or engaging in harassment of others".

After receiving public backlash, Twitter froze its verification system to review the process.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, meanwhile, said "we realized some time ago the system is broken and needs to be reconsidered". Directly or indirectly threatening or encouraging any form of physical violence against an individual or any group of people, including threatening or promoting terrorism 7. But having a verified account on Twitter has become a status symbol that confers perks such as appearing at the top of searches.

"I don't engage in harassment".

This is only one of the steps Twitter promises will be taken to revamp its process, but it has to really redefine what it means to be verified and make sure the public understands and agrees with that definition.