Twitter's new guidelines strip many accounts of their verified 'blue tick' status

Twitter is also reviewing current verified accounts to make sure users meet the new guidelines for behaviour

"We are conducting a review of verified accounts and will remove verification from accounts whose behavior does not fall within these new guidelines", Twitter Support said on Wednesday.

Users gifted with the blue badge are usually perceived as legitimate accounts, meaning Twitter has contacted or confirmed the identity of the account holder, but some badges are reserved for high-profile accounts, such as the president's, which ostensibly enables certain features non-badge holders aren't entitled to.

People who post racist and violent content on Twitter will lose their coveted verified blue tick status.

Twitter halted all new general verification of users on November 9 in response to a backlash over the verification of Jason Kessler, the United States far-right figure who organised the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville at which counter-protester Heather Heyer was killed in August. Those include sending tweets that promote hate or violence against people based on their race, sexual orientation, and religion, among other criteria.

The Guardian reports that verification revocation stems from accounts that are "promoting hate and/or violence" and "inciting or engaging in harassment of others".

"In the meantime, we are not accepting any public submissions for verification and have introduced new guidelines for the program", the company said it its tweet.

And the company added that it should have addressed the issue earlier.




Some white nationalists and far-right figures have already had their accounts banned or unverified.

Spencer wrote on his account that he's "verified no more!"

That "blue tick" Twitter verification sign might just disappear from verified handles for bad behaviour.

The move marks the latest skirmish in a debate over speech that has exploded over the past couple years in both online forums like Twitter and those in the real world, like college campuses and city squares, as extremist figures with racially motivated views have increasingly moved into public view.

And as I said, having been through the process, I can assure you that I was never asked if my opinions were in keeping with those of Twitter's management or any other matters of ideological leanings.

In lieu of the recent misconceptions about verification procedures, micro-blogging site Twitter announced that it would soon suspend verification badges for some of its verified users. He was chastised by an elderly man for talking too loudly and by a British man who informed him that a private company like Twitter is able to alter its policies as it sees fit.

Twitter is revising its authentication system after it faced criticism for giving blue badges of verification to individuals such as Jason Keller, the organizer of the intolerance rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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