Extreme Right-Wing Figures Melt Like Snowflakes After Their Twitter Verifications Are Revoked

After Twitter announced a new policy for verifying accounts and emblazoning them with a coveted blue check mark icon, several extreme right-wing media personalities who openly espouse racist views had their verifications revoked and they did not take the development well.

Yesterday, Twitter announced a new set of guidelines dictating what kind of accounts it will verify and said it would “remove verification from accounts whose behavior does not fall within these new guidelines.” Twitter listed “threatening other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or disease” and “inciting or engaging in harassment of others” as possible reasons to remove an account’s verification.

As Twitter acts to remove verification from accounts that violate the new guidelines, far-right activists who have used Twitter to harass people and spread hate are losing their elevated status on the platform.

Laura Loomer, a far-right activist who routinely harasses public figures under the banner of “journalism” and exploded in anti-Muslim Twitter meltdown last month, was one of a handful of far-right personalities who had their verifications revoked. Loomer fumed that Twitter’s decision was based on her conservative political views and compared the removal of her verification to the Holocaust:

Twitter also permanently banned Tim Gionet, commonly known online as “Baked Alaska,” after Gionet spent nearly a year posting anti-Semitic and neo-Nazi memes to his profile. In retaliation, Gionet took to YouTube for nearly nine hours to complain about Twitter, call his critics “faggots” and “cucks,” falsely accuse Super Deluxe video editor Vic Berger of being a pedophile and urge his followers to harass Will Sommer, a reporter for The Hill:

James Allsup, a YouTube video blogger who was pictured among the tiki-torch-wielding racists at the Unite the Right protest in Charlottesville earlier this year, also uses his Twitter account to push divisive rhetoric and to complain about supposed “anti-white” discrimination, a decades-old talking point from white nationalists. In response to losing his verification, Allsup claimed that Twitter was complicit in “anti-white hatred” and churned out hot takes about Twitter’s new policy:

Another far-right YouTube blogger, who goes by the moniker “Wife With a Purpose” and considers herself an alt-right “poster girl,” delivered three predictions in the wake of her lost verified status: Twitter will soon censor “depictions of homemakers,” it will target “images of European heritage and identity,” and it will classify “Christian imagery” as a hate symbol.

Alt-right organizer Jason Kessler expressed confusion at the removal of his verification status, which initially sparked the backlash against Twitter. Kessler uses his Twitter account to promote “white rights” and “ethnic consciousness” and used it to celebrate the murder of a liberal counter-protester at the white supremacist Unite the Right rally he helped lead earlier this year, claiming her murder was “payback time.” When his verified status was removed, Kessler said he does not “engage in harassment,” but rather stands for “white rights”:

Tommy Robinson, the former Europe Defense League leader turned Rebel Media personality, consistently displays his disdain for Muslim people on Twitter. Robinson also recently bragged about attending a rally where reporters documented chants calling for a “Jew free” Poland. After losing his verification, Robinson claimed that Twitter has now classified “the truth” as “hate speech”:

Richard Spencer, the white supremacist media darling who claims he coined the term “alt-right,” questioned why he was banned simply for being “proudly white” and called for the federal government to regulate technology companies like Twitter: