Originally posted at Breitbart
Following an update to Twitter’s terms of service, a number of conservative users have been de-verified and banned from the social media platform.
A recent update to Twitter’s terms of service relating to the actions of users with verified accounts has led to many conservative and right-wing media personalities being de-verified or in some cases, banned. Jon Passantino, the deputy news director of BuzzFeed News, noted the changes to Twitter’s verified terms of service in a recent tweet stating, “Twitter now says verified users can have status revoked based on the content of their tweets, including ‘promoting hate.’”
Twitter still claims that the purpose of their blue checkmark is to prove the identity of public figures. “The blue verified badge on Twitter lets people know that an account of public interest is authentic,” reads Twitter’s verified accounts support page. “An account may be verified if it is determined to be an account of public interest. Typically this includes accounts maintained by users in music, acting, fashion, government, politics, religion, journalism, media, sports, business, and other key interest areas.”
It now seems that Twitter verification is indeed a status symbol, provided to accounts deemed worthy by Twitter for following the website’s groupthink rather than a mark of authenticity to prevent impersonation.