Enes Kanter must have upset the wrong person working at Twitter.
The Knicks big man realized late Sunday that he was no longer verified on the social media website. To the average Twitter user, it simply means that there is no longer a blue check next to Kanter's name on his account and if you want to make sure that it's the real Enes Kanter who is tweeting, you can either look through his followers and hope that around 516,000 people wouldn't follow a fake Enes Kanter account, or just remember that the he can be found @Enes_Kanter.
The reason behind Kanter losing his blue check though, is very much up in the air. According to Twitter, verification is awarded to let users know that "an account of public interest is authentic" and an account maintained by a user involved in sports, among many other categories, qualifies as an account that can be verified.
Twitter has the right to remove verification at any time without warning, but there is a specific list of reasons for why verification can be stripped. Outside of violating Twitter's rules, an offense that can get an account suspended, Twitter also lists the following as reasons verification can be taken away:
• 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, which includes A) Directly or indirectly threatening or encouraging any form of physical violence against an individual or any group of people, including threatening or promoting terrorism or B) Violent, gruesome, shocking, or disturbing imagery or C) Self-harm, suicide
Since Friday, Kanter has tweeted or retweeted the following tweets:
It's hard to speculate what Kanter could have been doing on Twitter to lose his verification, but it would be odd if tweets about the Knicks or retweeting the Pope or Dalai Lama is what can get you unverified on Twitter.
Maybe a Kevin Durant burner account had it out for Kanter after this tweet Wednesday:
Hopefully, Kanter gets his blue check back soon so we can all be certain that we are reading the words of @Enes_Kanter are authentic.