Twitter to review all verified accounts with 'blue tick' stamp

Marie Harrington
November 17, 2017

"Typically this includes accounts maintained by users in music, acting, fashion, government, politics, religion, journalism, media, sports, business and other key interest areas", Twitter explains on its website.

Twitters said it was reviewing verified accounts and will remove verification from users whose behaviour did not fall within the guidelines. "We have paused all general verifications while we work and will report back soon".

The company also said Twitter is a platform used by Government agencies, celebrities, and other public figures to connect with people and their respective, followers and this Twitter's blue badge for symbolizes authenticity and status of verified. In the meantime, we are not accepting any public submissions for verification and have introduced new guidelines for the programme."Within a week of its decision Stalling the verification process now twitter is working on revamp of the entire verification system".

Harassment, promoting or threatening physical violence, and sharing violent imagery were also included in the list of unacceptable behaviours.

Twitter's new policy gives administrators the right to remove verification status from users "promoting hate and/or violence against" anyone on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or disease.

Tommy Robinson, a Briton who is the former leader of the English Defense League, a far-right group, also tweeted that his verified status has been removed.

"Verification has always been perceived as an endorsement..." the company tweeted from their offical account.

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Spencer, meanwhile, remarked: "Verified no more!"

White nationalist Richard Spencer tweeted, "Verified no more!"

The little blue checkmark that means a Twitter account is verified has been stripped from some white nationalists.

Kessler suggested that Twitter changed the rules to make sure his views were censored, while Robinson tweeted that Twitter classified the truth as hate speech.

It's still unclear exactly what Twitter verification entails, though.

Spencer told the Post that the new guidelines could lead to people like him getting canned from the platform. Supporting organisations or individuals that promote the above.

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