Yesterday, Twitter announced to remove verification badges from users who violate its rules, adding that the micro-blogging platform is reworking on its entire verification system.
Last week, the company suspended verification due to “confusion” over its policies. It is still not accepting public submissions for verification.
According to the new rules, Tweeting content that incites hate and harassment, includes violent or dangerous behavior, or violates Twitter’s rules, could lead to removal of the verification badge.
“We are conducting an initial review of verified accounts and will remove verification from accounts whose behaviour does not fall within these new guidelines.
“We will continue to review and take action as we work towards a new programme we are proud of,” the official @TwitterSupport account posted late on Wednesday.
So far, Twitter has removed the verification from some prominent users including White nationalists Richard Spencer and Jason Kessler, controversial conservative commentator Laura Loomer, and a blogger known as @APurposefulWife all tweeted on Wednesday they had lost their verified status.
In a series of tweets, Twitter said the verification process has been misunderstood. “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 company tweeted.