White nationalist loses 'verified' status on Twitter

Far-right personalities lost their verified status under this new Twitter policy

Richard Spencer was among the users who lost their verified status on Twitter under a new policy

Twitter's move to clarify the meaning of its verification badge and revoke the status for people who are famous for their racism or sexism or hate speech are great first steps.

The decision comes about a week after an uproar that was set off when Twitter gave a verification badge to Kessler.

"We're working on a new authentication and verification program", its "Support" account tweeted.

The microblogging social media platform Twitter has stripped many far-right accounts of the "verified badge" following a change to its policy.

The social network announced new guidelines for verified accounts that can see users lose their status if they harass or threaten people based on race, sexual orientation or religious belief.

Other users who also lost their verified status included Laura Loomer, a self-described "alt-right" activist, and Tommy Robinson, the founder of the British far-right organization English Defence League.

Twitter began placing the the blue check marks on the accounts of celebrity users in 2009, and earlier this year it began accepting applications from anyone requesting verification.

Richard Spencer was among the de-verified white nationalists on Twitter on Wednesday.

Mr. Spencer, the president of the National Policy Institute think tank and a participant in the August rally, said it was "time for Washington to regulate Silicon Valley" after he lost his verified badge Wednesday.

Robinson simply wrote, "the truth is now hate speech". The company said in an official tweet that they will now be taking a deepThe company over the blue badge enabled profiles and will remove the verified blue badge from the one which doesn't fall under their guidelines of the verified profile.

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

It's unclear why some Twitter users are losing their verification while others are removed from the site completely.

In a phone interview, Spencer said he was anxious the move would lead to people like him being banned from Twitter. Directly or indirectly threatening or encouraging any form of physical violence against an individual or any group of people, including threatening or promoting terrorism 7.

Inciting or engaging in harassment of others.

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