Twitter has decided to conduct a review of its verified accounts after facing a criticism over the type of content being posted by these accounts. The company has paused the public submission for the account verification, bringing new authentication and verification process.
The social media platform has started giving a verified blue badge to accounts of public interest after verifying their identity, which was later expanded to individuals. While Twitter claims it doesn’t endorse any of its users’ accounts, the blue check was usually seen as a sign of endorsement.
“We are conducting an initial review of verified accounts and will remove verification from accounts whose behavior does not fall within these new guidelines. We will continue to review and take action as we work towards a new program we are proud of.”
According to Twitter’s new policy, the company will crack down on verified accounts if they have found intentionally misleading people, incited or engaged in harassment of others, promoted hate or violence or displayed violent and dangerous behavior.
5 / We are conducting an initial review of verified accounts and will remove verification from accounts whose behavior does not fall within these new guidelines. We will continue to review and take action as we work towards a new program we are proud of.
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) November 15, 2017
Twitter’s new authentication and verification process come just a few days after it verified Jason Kessler, the organizer behind August’s deadly neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The company has faced a widespread criticism for verifying the account of Jason Kessler for which it later apologized. Therefore, Twitter halted all new verifications and is now claiming to be working on establishing rules which may unverify offensive accounts.
Read more at How to Enable 280 Characters on Twitter Right Now
The new guidelines that can lead to loss of verification include a lot of basic behaviors such as harassment, posting shocking imagery, encouraging violence, promoting hate, and engaging in activity on Twitter that violates the rules. When asked why the company will unverify an account for these interactions instead of suspending it, a Twitter spokesperson said,
“We don’t have anything to share at the moment beyond the Tweets we just sent.”
Twitter further confirmed that its verification will remain pause until it revamps the criteria and system it uses to verify accounts.
The company has indeed stripped a number of verified accounts, citing their new guidelines. Although it has declined to disclose who had lost their badges, numerous Twitter’s most prominent far-right figures and white supremacist personalities seem to have been demoted.
You may also like: 10 Fabulous Twitter Security Tips 2017 to Protect Your Account