It removed the verification badges from Kessler and Spencer, and suspended the account of known alt-right troll account Baked Alaska. It had claimed that the feature was intended only to indicate that it had checked the profile belonged to the person it claimed to - but many users pointed out that verified users also received other privileged features, including being pushed up higher in searches and receiving more ways to deal with abuse. Twitter believes this perception was amplified due to verified accounts being given a place of prominence on the platform. "We will continue to review and take action as we work towards a new program we are proud of". Twitter says, "The blue verified badge on Twitter lets people know that an account is of public interest and is authentic".
Newly returned co-founder Biz Stone - who earlier this year warned of tech becoming the new tobacco - admitted the little blue tick has "become perceived as an endorsement" rather than as a symbol of authentication.
The social network announced new guidelines for verified accounts that can see users lose their status if they harass or threaten people based on race, sexual orientation or religious belief.
Laura Loomer, a far-right political activist who once tweeted she wanted someone to "create a non Islamic form of Uber or Lyft because I never want to support another Islamic immigrant driver", also lost her blue check mark. "Hey @jack: very active user, 2.1M followers here: this is disgusting", Black said, adding that verifying the account of Kessler means that Twitter is becoming a platform for hate speech.
Spencer wrote on his account that he's "verified no more!"
Twitter's new policies arrive a week after Kessler's account was verified, which was met with widespread outrage.
But that wasn't all they did On Nov. 15, Twitter un-verified white nationalists after updating their verification policy, and the responses have been glorious.
Other accounts that had their verification badges removed objected loudly on the timeline. 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. Also, it has released new guidelines on verification and is now, reviewing and removing verification badges from accounts that do not meet the rules.
Intentionally misleading people on Twitter by changing one's display name or bio. Supporting organisations or individuals that promote the above. Inciting or engaging in harassment of others. 5.
The blue tick stamp has also come to symbolise authenticity since parody accounts and fan-pages of celebrities have mushroomed in the Twitter space.