Louis Farrakhan Loses 'Verified' Status on Twitter

In November, Twitter un-verified white nationalist Richard Spencer and far-right activist Laura Loomer, among others

In this file photo, Louis Farrakhan displays the book, "The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews," during his speech Friday, March 25, 2011 at Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss.
AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis

Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam, is no longer verified on Twitter.

Farrakhan has been condemned for decades over for making homophobic and anti-Semitic statements. He posted on Wednesday a video clip titled “Thoroughly and completely unmasking the Satanic Jew and the Synagogue of Satan.”

It also includes a link to his three-hour sermon delivered last month. In it, according to the Anti-Defamation League, Farrakhan claimed that Judaism is a “system of tricks and lies,” that Jews in Hollywood force aspiring actors into anal sex to get parts, and that former president Barack Obama was under “under Jewish influence” when he advocated for same-sex marriage, which Farrakhan called “Satanic.”

The verification process helps prove that Twitter accounts linked to prominent figures are actually controlled by those people. But the social media network has since last year removed verification and its accompanying blue checkmarks from people it has deemed to have violated its policies on hate speech.

“Verification has long been perceived as an endorsement. We gave verified accounts visual prominence on the service which deepened this perception,” Twitter noted in November. “This perception became worse when we opened up verification for public submissions and verified people who we in no way endorse.”

In November, Twitter un-verified white nationalist Richard Spencer and far-right activist Laura Loomer, among others.

In the ensuing months, it has outright suspended the accounts of white supremacist leaders and groups, chapters of the Jewish Defense League and anti-Semitic congressional candidate Paul Nehlen.

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