Twitter Seizes Verification Badges To Fix System Failures

Still trying to find its ethical footing, Twitter has decided to seize verification badges from rule-breaking users.

The decision comes amid the social giant’s continued efforts to devise a new authentication and verification program, along with less ambiguous user guidelines. 

“We are conducting an initial review of verified accounts and will remove verification from accounts whose behavior does not fall within these new guidelines,” Twitter’s Support team stated.

Twitter recently suspended its verification process, after its own CEO said the system needed work. “We realized some time ago the system is broken and needs to be reconsidered,” Jack Dorsey recently admitted in a tweet.

Chief among the system’s problems was its recent failure to block neo-Nazi leaders like Jason Kessler.

At the beginning of the month, Twitter bestowed its blue verification checkmark on Kessler, who, among other disreputable credits, organized the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA, in August.



Twitter’s official recognition of Kessler as a “verified” member of its community was met with widespread reproach.

While Twitter has continued to rebound& nbsp;from a business standpoint, the company continues to struggle with its position as a gatekeeper of diverse ideas and ideologies.

For instance, the company was obliged to publish a clearer version of its content policing policies. The latest set of Rules were short on concrete changes, but long on additional rationale for controversial policies and enforcement methods. 

That included updating Twitter’s media policy Help Center page to include expectation-setting examples of the types of content covered by the policy.

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