As Twitchy reported, Twitter found itself in a bit of a dilemma recently over its verification policy. Ideally, the coveted blue check on Twitter does one thing only: it proves that the person, usually a celebrity, is who he says he is, as authenticated by Twitter.

However, the blue check eventually appeared as an endorsement, leading people like comedian and Twitchy regular Michael Ian Black to issue an ultimatum: either un-verify white nationalists like Jason Kessler, or lose him and his 2 million+ followers.

On Wednesday, Twitter announced its new guidelines, including some against so-called hate speech, and voila, the blue checks started disappearing. White supremacists like Kessler and Richard Spencer were among those who kept their accounts but are no longer “verified.”

To Spencer’s credit, he didn’t compare the loss of his blue check to the Holocaust as others did.

Dude, it was just a checkmark, but you be you.


It’s a checkmark, buddy.

Kessler, who organized the deadly protest in Charlottesville, was also stripped of his blue check, although we have no idea how that amounts to “censorship,” seeing as it’s a private service and he still has his account.

Dude, we still hear you … whining. Better to let people like Spencer and Kessler speak than clumsily “crack down” on speech like so many universities have done.

It will be interesting, though, to see where Twitter goes next, now that it’s put a “pause” on private verification. The system is a mess all around, and we’ll need some popcorn to get through it — just how far will the service go in “cleaning up” its blue-checked non-endorsements?

Stay tuned.

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