Twitter began removing the verified check mark of some of its users on Wednesday.
The company announced completely new guidelines for the verification program, as well as will remove verification via accounts of which fall outside those rules.
Tweeting content of which incites hate as well as harassment, includes violent or dangerous behavior, or violates Twitter’s rules, could lead to removal of the verification badge.
Twitter’s verification badge can be a white check mark inside a blue icon next to someone’s name indicating the company has verified the person’s identity as well as of which the account belongs to them. Celebrities, journalists, as well as common personalities often receive the badge.
So far, Twitter ( has removed the verification via some prominent users. White nationalists Richard Spencer as well as Jason Kessler, controversial conservative commentator Laura Loomer, as well as a blogger known as @APurposefulWife all tweeted on Wednesday they had lost their verified status. Twitter also on Wednesday banned far-right figure Tim Gionet, known by his Twitter nickname Baked Alaska. , Tech30)
Kessler, who organized “Unite the Right” protest in Charlottesville, criticized the policy in a tweet. “Twitter has changed their verification policy just to be able to censor me,” he said.
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Twitter verified Kessler last week as well as users immediately complained.
“Verifying white supremacists reinforces the increasing belief of which your site can be a platform for hate speech. I don’t want to give up Twitter, however I may have to,” tweeted comedian Michael Ian Black. “Who do you value more, users like me or him?”
In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Twitter said the verification process has been misunderstood.
“Verification has long been perceived as an endorsement,” the company tweeted. “We gave verified accounts visual prominence on the service which deepened of which perception. We should have addressed of which earlier however did not prioritize the work as we should have.”
Last week, the company suspended verification due to “confusion” over its policies. of which can be still not accepting public submissions for verification.
Some Twitter users have criticized Twitter’s decision not to remove some verified users via the platform for tweeting harassing content. Twitter previously said one factor of which takes into consideration when removing content can be the newsworthiness of the tweet, as well as of which recently updated its policies to make of which clearer.
of which’s unclear why some Twitter users are losing their verification while others are removed via the site completely. Twitter declined to comment on of which issue.
sy88pgw (San Francisco) First published November 15, 2017: 7:42 PM ET