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That blue tick is great, but Twitter can unverify you too: Here’s why it can happen

Twitter mentions on its Verified account FAQs page at the Help Centre that the platform reserves the right to “to remove verification at any time without notice”.

There are many parameters Twitter considers before it allows you to get verified. However, verification highs aside, Twitter can also unverify you.
There are many parameters Twitter considers before it allows you to get verified. However, verification highs aside, Twitter can also unverify you. (REUTERS)

Twitter is bringing its precious blue tick back. If you have spend a significant amount of time on Twitter, like half your life, like we have, you’ll know that the conspicuous blue tick is terribly hard to score. There are many parameters Twitter considers before it allows you to get verified.

However, verification highs aside, Twitter can also unverify you. Of course, there are certain caveats in place and if you happen to violate any of them via tweets from your verified handle, Twitter can take that blue tick away.

Twitter mentions under a section called ‘Loss of verified status’ on its Verified account FAQs page at the Help Centre that the platform reserves the right to “to remove verification at any time without notice”.

The reasons Twitter might unverify you include -

- Intentionally misleading people on Twitter by changing one's display name or bio.

- Promoting hate and/or violence against, or directly attacking or threatening other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or disease. Supporting organizations or individuals that promote the above.

- Inciting or engaging in harassment of others.

- Violence and dangerous behavior -

Directly or indirectly threatening or encouraging any form of physical violence against an individual or any group of people, including threatening or promoting terrorism

Violent, gruesome, shocking, or disturbing imagery

Self-harm, suicide

- Engaging in activity on Twitter that violates the Twitter Rules.

If you didn’t know what the rules were, you can check them out here.

Twitter also adds that “a verified account may also lose its verified status if changes to the profile settings modify the account’s original purpose”.

The platform says that it may remove the verified badge and verified status at any point in time and if you lose your badge and status, you may not be eligible to have them restored.

So if you have a verified account, you ought to be very careful about what you tweet and share.