Twitter finally does something about its horrendous case of ticks

Twitter To Remove'Blue Tick From Verified Accounts That Violate Its Rules

Twitter explains how users can lose their verified status

The company had halted its verification process about a week ago after it faced backlash for verifying the account of Jason Kessler, an organizer behind the far-right "Unite the Right" protest in Charlottesville, Virginia in August.

Verification helps promote the accounts, with Twitter thus giving them semiofficial consent.

The company acknowledged in a series of tweets that verification, which was originally meant to authenticate the identities of prominent figures like celebrities and politicians, "has always been perceived as an endorsement". We should have addressed this earlier but did not prioritise the work as we should have.

Twitter's froze the blue tick scheme recently after realising that it was being used as a sign of endorsement or agreement which the company says, is not its goal.

Now, the company has paused all verifications, and is "working on a new authentication and verification program".

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They've also stopped accepting public submissions for verification.

Prominent members of the far-Right including the former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson have been stripped of their cherished blue ticks on Twitter after the social network changed its rules around "verified" accounts.

Twitter said reasons for losing the blue tick include promoting hate and violence, or directly attacking people on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, disability or other categories.

Far-right activist Laura Loomer repeatedly compared the removal of her allies' blue check marks to the Holocaust, likening it to the Nazis' "Final Solution" to annihilate Europe's Jewish population. Twitter said it will begin unverifying accounts that don't meet with the new guidelines.

Twitter announced the updates to their verification system on Wednesday afternoon in a series of tweets from their Twitter Support account.

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The move follows public outcry over Twitter verifying Kessler's account.

All new verifications have been put on hold and it's now reviewing the whole system and currently verified accounts, while new guidelines for verified accounts have been introduced - and enforced.

Kessler wrote on Twitter: "I don't engage in harassment".

Removing verification is a simple move on Twitter's part, but the response shows just how significant it is.

Spencer wasn't the only one who felt the impact of Twitter's rule change.

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"Some accounts never should have been verified in the first place".

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