Twitter removes verified blue checkmarks from popular accounts including racists' accounts

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The company emailed those users who were having their blue ticks removed.

The social network confirmed it has revoked the "verification" badges from the profiles of racist instigators including Jason Kessler and Richard Spencer. "We gave verified accounts visual prominence on the service which deepened this perception". It has maintained that verification is meant to authenticate someone is who they say they are and is not meant to be an endorsement of that individual. "In the meantime, we are not accepting any public submissions for verification and have introduced new guidelines for the program".

The microblogging social media platform Twitter has stripped many far-right accounts of the "verified badge" following a change to its policy.

Other Twitter users who lost their verified status included far-right activist James Allsup and British conservative writer Tommy Robinson.

The updated rules of Twitter also states the removal of verification of those accounts who change their display name and bios misleading people, as outlined in the new guidelines.

Spencer, meanwhile, remarked: "Verified no more!"

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The company announced new guidelines for the verification program, and will remove verification from accounts that fall outside those rules.

Some white nationalists and far-right figures have already had their accounts banned or unverified, Twitter said they will continue reviewing accounts for any other violations.

Mr. Spencer, the president of the National Policy Institute think tank and a participant in the August rally, said it was "time for Washington to regulate Silicon Valley" after he lost his verified badge Wednesday.

It's still unclear exactly what Twitter verification entails, though. Such actions would not only spring nasty debates around free speech but could also cause ugly Twitter wars. For starters, Twitter might start removing badges if it finds an account's political stance disagreeable - regardless if they were promoting violence or not. Supporting organizations or individuals that promote the above.

"I don't engage in harassment".

Twitter landed itself in hot water last week after verifying a known U.S. white supremacist - and now it's trying (again) to allay criticisms of its complicity in the rise of global nationalism.

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