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Twitter Now Revoking Verified Profiles That Break Its New Rules

Carla Herreria
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Twitter is finally flexing its digital muscle over verified profiles that break rules, and some controversial figures on the platform have already had their blue check marks nixed. 

The popular social media platform announced Wednesday that it is revamping its profile verification program and has added new guidelines.

“Verification has long been perceived as an endorsement. We gave verified accounts visual prominence on the service which deepened this perception,” the company said in a series of Tweets.

“This perception became worse when we opened up verification for public submissions and verified people who we in no way endorse.”

The company said it is reviewing all verified profiles on the platform and removing verification from profiles which exhibits behavior that violates its new guidelines.

So far, the Twitter profile of Richard Spencer, a prominent white supremacist and leader of the so-called white nationalist movement, was stripped of its verification Wednesday

Twitter also ousted verification for other controversial profiles from users who align politically with the far-right, including media personality Laura Loomer and British pro-Brexit activist Tommy Robinson.

Those who have been unverified accuse Twitter of unchecking them just because they are conservative or are proud of their white heritage.