Thursday, 14 December, 2017

Twitter begins stripping 'verified' badge from accounts

Twitter Support on Twitter: Twitter announces new guidelines and begins verification purge
Frank Williams | 16 November, 2017, 04:53

Jason Kessler, the Charlottesville organizer whose verification sparked the backlash, is no longer verified, and neither is notable punchee Richard Spencer.

"Twitter just emailed me to tell me they are removing my "verified badge" because they claim my account 'doesn't comply with Twitter's guidelines for verified accounts.' Translation: I'm a conservative", Loomer wrote on Twitter. It has variously meant that Twitter has confirmed the identity of the person tweeting; that a user is high profile and eligible to receive extra features and priority support; and that a user has acted within the rules of the platform. Things are going to be changing, as the company announced that a result of its verification process overhaul, some account could be stripped of the blue checkmark. Doing so, however, has led to the perception that Twitter personally endorses the behaviors of its verified users, the company said.

Twitter explains that verification has always been viewed as an endorsement, which isn't the case. For now, the verification program is still suspended, Twitter says, while it continues work out its new rules. Kessler organized the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville on August 11, during which a 32-year-old woman was killed when neo-Nazi James Fields plowed his sports auto into a crowd of protesters.

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Twitter's announcement of the new policy comes amid a host of changes at the social media company, which has for years focused on appealing to new users while largely ignoring complaints about rampant harassment from its relatively small but loyal user base. "This perception became worse when we opened up verification for public submissions and verified people who we in no way endorse", it added. Until then, Twitter will not verify users. "Instead of making verification about identity, now begins an endless, unresolvable series of editorial decisions that they'll be forced to defend", former Twitter executive Menotti Minutillo tweeted in response to the move.

"We should've communicated faster on this (yesterday). our agents have been following our verification policy correctly, but we realized some time ago the system is broken and needs to be reconsidered", Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted last week.

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