Twitter Removes Verified Status From Users For Racist and Hateful Posts

Casey Dawson
November 17, 2017

And its impact is now being felt among far-right personalities in the US and UK.

Spencer has always been a poster boy for extremism and became infamous after being punched in the face during a pro-Trump rally in January. The rally drew white supremacists and neo-Nazis.

Users can now have their coveted blue ticks taken away for a number of offences including "promoting hate", "harassment" and posting "gruesome, shocking and disturbing imagery". Tommy Robinson the founder of the English Defense League had his tick removed as well.

These days Twitter has been in News for not so good reasons.

More tweets reveal that Twitter will be removing any verification from accounts "whose behavior does not fall within" the platform's guidelines. "We gave verified accounts visual prominence on the service which deepened this perception". We should have addressed this earlier but did not prioritise the work as we should have.

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The tick is created to prove that people are who they say they are but because it has given blue-tick holders high visibility in searches, it had served to emphasise the perception of endorsement.

The social network said it would strip the verification badge from accounts that are not in keeping with the new set of guidelines it issued on Wednesday. Degrading his account in this fashion seems to be more of a punitive move, signaling that the company doesn't approve of his opinions rather than questioning whether or not he was actually the Richard Spencer.

Loomer expressed frustration at the company's decision too, "Twitter is quick to call me and others Nazis, but they are literally trying to eradicate my presence". Others said they were being personally victimised.

Mr. Kessler and some other Twitter users, including fellow white nationalist Richard Spencer and far-right commentator Laura Loomer, were among those stripped of their verified badges in the wake of the policy change Wednesday.

"Verified no more! Is it not okay to be proudly white?" But the Internet didn't have much pity for any of the white nationalists who lost their verification status. And it comes as the publicly traded company faces increased pressure to weed out the hateful speech, images and threats that have blossomed on the service in recent years. It has maintained that verification is meant to authenticate someone is who they say they are and is not meant to be an endorsement of that individual.

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