Twitter announces new guidelines and begins verification purge

Twitter announces new guidelines and begins verification purge

Twitter announces new guidelines and begins verification purge

Twitter has announced to remove verification badges from users who violate its rules, adding that the micro-blogging platform is reworking on its entire verification system.

Jason Kessler, the organizer of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, and "Baked Alaska", a prominent "alt-right" figure, also lost the site's signature blue check marks.

"Verification has always been perceived as an endorsement", Twitter said in a tweet late Wednesday. "We gave verified accounts visual prominence on the service which deepened this perception".

According to Twitter's new policies, if a verified account promotes violence or encourages other users to incite violent acts on people based purely on their race, sexual orientation, or other qualities that make them a minority, they may lose their verification.

"O$3 ur agents have been following our verification policy correctly, but we realized some time ago the system is broken and needs to be reconsidered", Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey conceded last week amid the uproar spurred by verifying Mr. Kessler.

Twitter also stated that it was no longer accepting public submissions.

Twitter issued new guidelines for verified accounts in an ongoing battle to solve its harassment issues.

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The users who lost their verification did not take the development well, calling the removal of their badges a form of censorship. "We have paused all general verifications while we work and will report back soon", the company tweeted.

The most prominent is Richard B. Spencer, the notorious racist activist behind the National Policy Institute, who asked in a tweet after losing verification whether it was no longer "ok to be proudly white?"

Now many of those far-right accounts have had those ticks removed.

Intentionally misleading people by changing one's display name or bio will also invite cancellation of the verified status without notice. While Twitter is promoting this clamp down as part of its war on hate speech, some are complaining that the company is trying to silence right-wing voices.

Twitter said it is designing a new verification and authentication program, but for the time being, would remove the verification badges from the accounts whose behavior is not in line with its new guidelines.

Other accounts that had their verification badges removed objected loudly on the timeline.

In a phone interview, Spencer said he was anxious the move would lead to people like him being banned from Twitter. Supporting organizations or individuals that promote the above.

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