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Twitter goes full thought police, will rescind blue ticks for off-Twitter indiscretions

Earlier this month Twitter vowed to review its verification process after an outcry over the awarding of blue ticks to notorious white supremacists.

The firm admitted what had been intended as a means of verifying identify was being “interpreted as an endorsement or an indicator of importance.”

The social network temporarily disabled the “broken” verification process and vowed to fix it.

This week, Twitter rescinded the blue ticks for some of the so-called ‘alt-right’ folks and said it would remove more for those who violated guidelines on inciting violence and hatred.

All’s well that end’s well, right? Well not quite.

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Twitter also mentioned that it reserved “the right to remove verification at any time without notice. Reasons for removal may reflect behaviors on and off Twitter…”

Off Twitter? Hmmm.

It further clarified the situation on Friday, with amended rules, confirming it was planning to police individuals’ behavior beyond Twitter.

“You also may not affiliate with organisations that — whether by their own statements or activity both on and off the platform — use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes,” the guidelines said (via