Comment: Twitter remove blue tick verification from some accounts
Mishcon de Reya lawyer Millicent Freeman responds
Twitter has changed its policy around verified accounts, resulting in the removal of the blue badge on some accounts, notably those individuals expressing 'far right' views.
Commenting on this development, Mishcon de Reya lawyer Millicent Freeman said:
"Twitter has, quite rightly, paused to reflect on the use and purpose of its 'blue ticks', which were originally meant to guarantee authenticity. If it is now straying into endorsing content, and considering behaviour both "on and off" Twitter when deciding whether to pull a blue badge, that is quite a shift. As the court found in the Jack Monroe and Katie Hopkins dispute, Twitter is not the "Wild West" of social media. Twitter rules should relate to Twitter behaviour, and Twitter should reserve the removal of 'blue ticks' for the important aim of punishing bad behaviour online, including hate speech, threats and harassment."
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