Tommy Robinson's Twitter Loses Verified Status And Blue Tick

Tommy Robinson's Twitter Loses Verified Status And Blue Tick

Nevertheless, Twitter verification, if implemented and used in a right way, is a useful feature given the fact it helps users to differentiate between real handles and bot accounts, which create a lot of misinformation.

Twitter said its badge on accounts was being misinterpreted as an indicator of importance or endorsement, and said the idea behind the badge would change.

Twitter's new approach to verification will probably open up an entirely new can of worms for a company already facing pressure from the US Congress over its role in a Russian influence campaign to affect the 2016 presidential election.

Twitter removed the blue "verification" check marks from a handful of prominent white nationalists and far-right conservatives and issued new guidelines after the uproar that followed its decision to verify the organizer of the Charlottesville, Virginia, rally that took place in August.

New guidelines from the social media provider say it can remove verifcation at any time and can consider behavior both and off the network.

Engaging in activity that violates the newly published Rules. Today, in a series of tweets from its Support account, Twitter clarified its move and said it is in the process of reviewing all verfied accounts, and may revoke veification where it deems necessary...

The move immediately raised questions about whether Twitter is turning verification into an endorsement after years of claiming it's simply a confirmation of someone's identity.

New rules announced by Twitter reaffirmed the company's right to "remove verification at any time without notice".

"Verification has always been perceived as an endorsement", the company wrote.

Spencer commented on his new unverified Twitter on ― where else?

The controversy around deciding who is verified and who isn't has intensified over the last number of months, as Twitter has been accused of endorsing the views of some far-right individuals by giving them blue-tick status.

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

The change in policy comes just weeks after Twitter came under fire for granting Jason Kessler verified status.

Intentionally misleading people on Twitter by changing one's display name or bio.

Kessler has since also lost his verified status.

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