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Twitter will remove verification badges from accounts who break its rules


Twitter will be starting to removing verification badges from users who break its rules, the corporate said today. The announcement, that was created on the official @TwitterSupport account, appears to make concrete a policy that began in Jan when the corporate removed the badge from the account of the noxious right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos. (It banned him from the service months later.)

“Verification has long been perceived as an endorsement,” the corporate said in a tweet. “We have verified accounts visual prominence on the service that deepened this perception. we should have addressed this earlier but didn’t prioritize the work as we should have.”

Twitter said the problem worsened after is the decision, in July 2016, to let anyone request a verified account. “This perception became worse when opened up verification for public submissions and verified those who we in no way endorse,” Twitter said.

The company is currently working on “a new authentication and verification program,” the corporate said, without providing new details. in the in the meantime, it’s not verifying any accounts, that the corporate declared last week.

In that meantime, however, Twitter told it had begun a “review” of verified accounts in an effort to identify accounts that violate its rules.

The scope of the review is unclear. It comes just over a week after the corporate verified the account of Jason Kessler, a white supremacist who organized the United the right rally in Charlottesville this August. The move drew widespread criticism.

Still, promising to remove verification badges from accounts that violate Twitter’s rules can likely create a thicket of tricky editorial selections for a company that has historically prided itself on free speech. It continues to be seen how Twitter navigates the verification battles to come — and whether de-verifying accounts has any effect on reducing harassment and abuse on the platform.


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