Twitter's blue checkmark purge leads to more questions about… Twitter

Twitter's blue checkmark purge leads to more questions about… Twitter

Twitter came up with the verification process in 2009, and soon it was seen as the status symbol to have that blue tick mark on the account.

Twitter has begun taking away blue verification badges from controversial white nationalists and some other figures linked to the alt-right in compliance with new policies it announced on Wednesday, Nov. 15.

"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.

Twitter (TWTR, -0.67%) said it is now reviewing an unspecified number of verified accounts and will remove the verified status if it discovers that people violate its new guidelines.

It has become increasingly problematic as Twitter has changed to give more prominence to verified accounts in timelines and searches. We should have addressed this earlier but did not prioritise the work as we should have.

The verification checkmarks were normally given to prominent people on Twitter to confirm their identity and inform readers that the accounts are authentic.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey apologized for the situation, saying, "We should've communicated faster on this: our agents have been following our verification policy correctly, but we realized some time ago the system is broken and needs to be reconsidered".

"We're working on a new authentication and verification program", the Support account tweeted.

According to Twitter's new guidelines a verified user can lose its status on the grounds of promoting hate, violent behavior, or harassment.

"Twitter banned right-wing troll Baked Alaska & stripped the verification of multiple white supremacists", Democratic strategist Scott Dworkin tweeted.

Richard Spencer was among the de-verified white nationalists on Twitter on Wednesday.

It's unclear why some Twitter users are losing their verification while others are removed from the site completely.

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. "We hope opening up this application process results in more people finding great, high-quality accounts to follow, and for these creators and influencers to connect with a broader audience".

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