Twitter begins verification purge, stripping blue checkmark from accounts of people it opposes


The blue checkmark is supposed to be simply a verification that an account really belongs to the person whose name is on it. It is a protection against fakes and imposters. Now they’re validating the long-held suspicion that it constitutes some kind of endorsement: “Verification has long been perceived as an endorsement,” Twitter said in a series of tweets Wednesday. “This perception became worse when we opened up verification for public submissions and verified people who we in no way endorse.”

If it is a stamp of approval, someone like white supremacist neo-Nazi Richard Spencer should never have been verified in the first place. But why punish everyone?

Twitter is being extremely selective in this, and demonstrating again their leftist bias. Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey still have their blue checkmarks. Twitter is starting with white nationalists because they do not have any support outside of their own groups. But no one in Antifa or Black Lives Matter are losing their verification symbol. Soon Twitter will be coming for legitimate voices that oppose the left’s agenda. They say now that you will not be verified if you promote “hate,” which is the left’s code for opposing jihad terror, among other things.

Google, Facebook, and Twitter not only allow jihadi savages to communicate and promote their religious incitement to slaughter, but these same social media giants, censor and scrub their platforms of posts, articles, and comments critical of Islamic terror. Facebook has blocked my newsfeed, slashing daily referrals from my followers from 100,000 to under 4,000. Twitter shadowbans make referrals non-existent.

“Twitter verification purge: White nationalists among those accounts that lose blue checkmark,” by Jessica Guynn, USA Today, November 15, 2017 (thanks to Paisano):

SAN FRANCISCO — White nationalist Richard Spencer and Charlottesville white supremacist rally organizer Jason Kessler are among the Twitter accounts that have lost their verified status as the social media company changes up who’s entitled to the blue checkmark.

Twitter said Wednesday it was reviewing verified accounts with the goal of removing verification from accounts that violate its policies such as promoting hate speech or violence or harassing others. New guidelines say Twitter can remove verification “at any time without notice,” and it will consider behavior both on and off the social network.

The move follows public outcry over Twitter verifying Kessler’s account. The company says it has stopped verifying accounts while it overhauls the process.

After the death of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, Kessler tweeted that she was a “fat, disgusting Communist” whose death “was payback time.”

On Wednesday, Kessler posted images of the notice he received from Twitter, removing his blue checkmark.

“Twitter has changed their verification policy just to be able to censor me,” Kessler wrote on Twitter.

Spencer tweeted: “Verified no more! Is it not okay to be proudly White?”

Accounts that are not verified can still post tweets and participate in conversations on Twitter.

For years, Twitter verified accounts belonging to a person of “public interest” such as celebrities, journalists and politicians. It has maintained that verification is intended to authenticate someone is who they say they are and is not intended to be an endorsement of that individual. But having a verified account on Twitter has become a status symbol that confers perks such as appearing at the top of searches.

“Verification has long been perceived as an endorsement,” Twitter said in a series of tweets Wednesday. “This perception became worse when we opened up verification for public submissions and verified people who we in no way endorse.”

Twitter started notifying users of that their verification had been removed by email on Wednesday. One of the first accounts to lose its blue checkmark was Laura Loomer, the far-right activist who was recently banned by Uber and Lyft following her complaints about Muslim drivers.

“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.

Twitter’s new approach to verification comes as it tries to address years of complaints, largely ignored, that it permits rampant harassment. That unchecked harassment has been blamed for Twitter’s stagnant user growth….

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