Twitter speaks out after de-verifying abusive accounts

The social platform removed the blue badge from accounts that it says violated its guidelines. Others claim the move is politically motivated.

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Twitter is attempting to rewrite its story.

In a move intended to combat hate speech and aggressive behaviors on its social media platform, the company de-verified several accounts last night and has announced updated guidelines for the verification program.

This comes after the company was embroiled in controversy after it verified the account of white supremacist Jason Kessler.

Now the company is taking concrete action to change public perception of its platform.

4 / We’re working on a new authentication and verification program. In the meantime, we are not accepting any public submissions for verification and have introduced new guidelines for the program.

— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) November 15, 2017

Twitter’s support account indicated that the company is not done making changes to address the problem and that the move to remove verification is a token of goodwill.

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