Twitter to remove verified badge from offensive accounts under new guidelines

18 November, 2017, 02:17 | Author: Grady Montgomery
  • Twitter is also reviewing current verified accounts to make sure users meet the new guidelines for behaviour

But the company has recently begun to worry that the badges also conveyed an endorsement of the account by Twitter.

In response to questions, the company pointed us to its verification support page, which reads in part: "Twitter reserves the right to remove verification at any time without notice".

Twitter previously made a statement around the issue, saying: "Verification has always been perceived as an endorsement".

It has become increasingly problematic as Twitter has changed to give more prominence to verified accounts in timelines and searches.

Twitter was open about its failure to address problems with verified badges, which were originally created to show people that an account "of public interest" is authentic.

Dealing with criticism related to verifying the account of Jason Kessler, the open white nationalist who organized the infamous Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., in August, Twitter has now launched a crackdown. The problem was compounded previous year when the verification program opened to allow public submissions.

The micro-blogging platform last week temporarily stopped verifying users amid rising complaints that the coveted blue tick lent gravitas to controversial figures.

In October Twitter tightened up its rules concerning content which could offend people and began clamping down on hate symbols, unwanted sexual advances and nudity.

Twitter landed itself in hot water last week after verifying a known USA white supremacist - and now it's trying (again) to allay criticisms of its complicity in the rise of global nationalism. "We will continue to review and take action as we work towards a new programme we are proud of". Twitter had hastily issued a revision of their verification policy and gone through and purged a number of accounts of their verified status, consisting pretty much entirely of, "white nationalists and far-right activists". Today, the company seems to have waded into the other end of the verification problem pool ... people it has already verified.

Within minutes of the tweet, Twitter removed verification badges from Spencer, Kessler, Laura Loomer, James Allsup and more.

Harassment, promoting or threatening physical violence, and sharing violent imagery were also included in the list of unacceptable behaviours.

But others suggested the move puts Twitter in a "tricky place" and that it could be seen as an endorsement of some views over others. Supporting organizations or individuals that promote the above. Inciting or engaging in harassment of others. 5.



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