Why is Louis Farrakhan still verified by Twitter?
That blue check mark means a lot of different thing to a lot of different people, but over the past year Twitter has revoked the coveted “Verified” status from certain users deemed as purveyors of hate speech.
David Duke is not verified. Neither are white supremacists Richard Spencer and Jason Kessler. In 2016 conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos lost his check mark and was eventually banned from the social media platform.
Meanwhile, Farrakhan just goes on tweeting with the coveted blue check mark next to his name.
Yesterday the anti-Semitic Nation of Islam leader posted a video saying the FBI and is an “enemy of black advancement” and is controlled by “the Jews.”
A rising tide of criticism boiled over on Twitter Wednesday evening calling on the company to discipline Farrakhan in the same way they have gone after voices described as “alt-right” in the past.
However, as of now, Twitter has not yet found a way to condemn Farrakhan’s hate speech… just like leading Democrats in Congress.