Twitter Issues New Guidelines, Drops White Nationalists' Verifications

In a tweet, the company wrote, "we are conducting an initial review of verified accounts and will remove verification from accounts whose behavior does not fall within these new guidelines".

Some of the country's most prominent white nationalists accused Twitter of censorship on Wednesday after the social media site retracted the verified status of their accounts.

According to the company, people think that the accounts with verified status are endorsed by Twitter, but that is wrong.

Twitter halted all new general verification of users on November 9 in response to a backlash over the verification of Jason Kessler, the USA far-right figure who organised the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville at which counter-protester Heather Heyer was killed in August.

Loomer likened Twitter's actions to "Hitler," drawing a comparison between the company's de-verification of her account with the Holocaust. "We should have addressed this earlier but did not prioritize the work as we should have", Twitter said. Also, it has released new guidelines on verification and is now, reviewing and removing verification badges from accounts that do not meet the rules.

Changes to Twitter's verification process have left a number of far-right and white nationalist figures - including Richard Spencer and Jason Kessler - without their cherished blue tick. While the network has notably verified the accounts of self-proclaimed white supremacists and Nazis, it appears to be reversing that policy.

The claims by those who have lost their blue ticks that they are being censored are only to be expected - even if the claims are not true.

The tweeter will take back the blue badge from many Twitter accounts especially from those who don't follow the basic guidelines of verified and authentic accounts.

Twitter has not yet given a date as to when verification will be back up, so whether the update will act as a plaster over a bullet hole remains to be seen.

The company's new regulations mark a small step in the right direction in terms of combatting the tidal wave of harassment and hate speech present on the platform.

The majority of figures impacted are aligned with the alt-right; others have links to Neo-Nazism.

Further, they stated that no public submissions for verification would be accepted, as new guidelines were released for the verification programme.

  • Rogelio Becker