It's worth pointing out that removing the blue check mark from alt-right accounts is pretty much the least aggressive move Twitter could have made.
On the 9th of November, Twitter had announced that it would be pausing any new verified status following the controversy that had been created when Twitter had awarded the status to the Unite the Right rally organizer Jason Kessler. "We gave verified accounts visual prominence on the service which deepened this perception", the company tweeted Wednesday. According to the company, people think that the accounts with verified status are endorsed by Twitter, but that is wrong.
While the company works on improving its verification badge system, it is taking steps to remedy the perception problem.
The technology firm said it was no longer accepting public submissions and released new guidelines on verification.
This means that white nationalist Richard Spencer, far-righter Laura Loomer, English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson and others no longer have a blue tick next to their names. These include accounts with misleading identities on Twitter, ones that promote hate or violence based on race, nationality, sexual orientation, religion and gender.
On Wednesday night, Twitter unverified a handful of accounts, particularly those associated with white supremacism and the far-Right.
Twitter has changed its verified profiles policy, saying it will strip the blue checkmark from accounts that don't follow the new guidelines.
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Some Twitter users have criticized Twitter's decision not to remove some verified users from the platform for tweeting harassing content. Twitter previously said one factor it takes into consideration when removing content is the newsworthiness of the tweet, and it recently updated its policies to make that clearer.
Other accounts that had their verification badges removed objected loudly on the timeline.
"Some accounts never should have been verified in the first place".
Mr Robinson wrote: "They remove my blue tick meanwhile Islamic terrorist organisations still have theirs".