Twitter has stripped away its blue “verification” check marks from a group including prominent white nationalists and far-right conservatives, according to The Washington Post.
The Post on Thursday reported that Twitter also revealed new guidelines about the visual cue the day before aimed at helping users know a prominent account is authentic.
Twitter verification helps promote accounts on the platform who have it, and they also give such users the company’s semiofficial stamp of notice.
The social media platform on Wednesday, however, denied that the symbols were even intended as an endorsement.
“We gave verified accounts visual prominence on the service which deepened this perception,” Twitter tweeted.
“We should have addressed this earlier but did not prioritize the work as we should have,” the tech giant added.
The Post reported that notable white nationalists Richard Spencer and Jason Kessler were among those who lost their verified status Wednesday.
Far-right activists James Allsup and Laura Loomer did as well, as did Tommy Robinson, who hosts a show on the fringe conservative website Rebel TV.
Tim Gionet, an alt-right figurehead whose Twitter account was under Baked Alaska, was suspended from the service outright.
The impacted users who were still capable of freely tweeting and using Twitter’s features have since cast it as an act of censorship.
“Using “badge politics”, censoring those who don’t worship Twitter’s liberal dictator, & implementing procedures to annihilate conservatives from the Internet?” Loomer tweeted.
“Sounds like twitter is carrying out its own “final solution” for conservatives,” she added, referencing the Nazis’ plan to eradicate the Jews during World War II.
“Verified no more!” Spencer tweeted. “Is it not okay to be proudly White?”
Twitter’s new guidelines using misleading names or identities, harassing others, threatening violence or distributing gruesome imagery.
The regulations also prohibit promoting hate or violence against people based on race, nationality, sexual orientation, gender or religion, or supporting entities that do so.
Twitter halted verifying users last week amid backlash over Kessler receiving the distinction, with critics characterizing the move as an endorsement of him.
Kessler organized a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last August that sparked violent unrest associated with three deaths.