The company also said that ‘verified’ doesn’t mean ‘endorsed’ by the platform. Nationalists Jason Kessler and Richard Spenser have lost their verification too shortly after conservative firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos was banned.
Twitter insisted that the badge only helps the accounts visually; it does not mean that a verified account has been endorsed by Twitter. The company underlined that since July 21016, when the public was allowed to apply for verification, many users whom the company “in no way” endorses received a ‘tick’ badge.
Twitter also unveiled that it plans to roll out a new verification an authentication method. No details on the changes have been released. Meanwhile, older accounts will be no longer verified.
Twitter’s Latest Crackdown
A spokesperson confirmed that the Twitter team is busy reviewing verified accounts, and all accounts that fail to follow the new Terms and conditions will lose verification. Earlier this month, the social media platform announced an update to its policies concerning harassment and adult content.
Every suspended account will first receive an e-mail with details on why it was suspended. Twitter came under fire in October after it suspended the account of Rose McGowan for violating the site’s policies.
The company said that the measure was taken because the actress had published somebody else’s private phone number, which is against the rules. Many of McGowan’s fans believe that it was her views of the Harvey Weinstein scandal that got her suspended.
Twitter says that the new rules seek to protect women against revenge porn and online sexual harassments. The policy changes also want to protect certain groups like the LGBT community from threats, violence, and offensive imagery.
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