Are you a verified Twitter account holder? Be careful that you don’t violate the social network’s policies or you’ll lose your verification badge.
What’s the verification badge we’re talking about? It’s that check mark after your display name.
Twitter Support announced in a series of tweets that it would “remove verification from accounts whose behavior does not fall within these new guidelines.”
“We’re working on a new authentication and verification program. In the meantime, we are not accepting any public submissions for verification and have introduced new guidelines for the program.”
Offshoot of Criticism
The move, TechCrunch said, is an offshoot of the criticism received by the microblogging platform after it verified the account of a white supremacist.
Twitter Support has admitted that verification can be likened to an endorsement by the platform of specific users, so it needed to change the guidelines for verification.
@TwitterSupport said: “Verification has long been perceived as an endorsement.”
“We gave verified accounts visual prominence on the service which deepened this perception. We should have addressed this earlier but did not prioritize the work as we should have.”
The site acknowledged that such perception “became worse when we opened up verification for public submissions and verified people who we in no way endorse.
Reports said Twitter would most likely remove verification for existing accounts that violate the site’s guidelines just as it had done with the account of conservative writer Milo Yiannopoulos.
Twitter banned Yiannopoulos from the platform months later.
The scope of the review and who will be affected are unclear though, reports added.
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