Twitter de-verifies white nationalists, far-right activists

18 November, 2017, 02:18 | Author: Carmen Reese
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But the company has recently begun to worry that the badges also conveyed an endorsement of the account by Twitter.

Twitter is working on developing a new authentication and verification program, the social media company announced in a tweet from its support account.

Twitter responded to outrage by saying it would overhaul its procedures, noting that its system for granting blue check marks next to the names of prominent users was meant to "authenticate identity & voice" but had been "interpreted as an endorsement or an indicator of importance". Kessler uses his Twitter account to promote "white rights" and "ethnic consciousness" and used it to celebrate the murder of a liberal counter-protester at the white supremacist Unite the Right rally he helped lead earlier this year, claiming her murder was "payback time". The verification process and regulations around it have been scrutinised since the feature's inception in 2009, and Twitter has stopped public submissions for the verification programme as it irons out the new rules.

"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.

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.

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

The gist is this: if a user breaks Twitter's rules on Twitter - that is to say, by tweeting - that user will still be disciplined in all the usual ways, a spokesperson said. Twitter typically declines to comment on disciplinary decisions around individual accounts.

Following the change, Kessler posted on Twitter that the company had sent him a message, alerting him that his verified badge would be permanently removed. What's new is that Twitter now plans to do at least some monitoring of verified users' offline behaviour as well, to determine whether it is consistent with its rules.

"Some accounts never should have been verified in the first place". Inciting or engaging in harassment of others. 5.

"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. Violence and unsafe behavior 6. Supporting organisations or individuals that promote the above.



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