Comedian and actor Danny DeVito lost his Twitter verification before being restored after he tweeted in support of Nabisco workers over contracts and low pay.
Walkouts occurred all across the United States at Nabisco bakeries. Union workers were against the proposed changes during contract negotiations, so DeVito took to his official Twitter on Wednesday to show his support.
”Support Nabisco workers striking for humane working hours, fair pay, outsourcing jobs,” wrote DeVito.
He continued: “NO CONTRACTS, NO SNACKS.”
But shortly afterwards, several of DeVito’s fans were left confused after his blue badge, which is an indication of verification, was no longer visible on his account.
A fan of DeVito wanted to know what happened and wrote: “Damn, wonder what made Twitter remove his blue check.”
Another wrote: I’m a little flummoxed. Is it against the terms of service to talk about strikes on Twitter??
Someone else was proud of DeVito for using his platform “for the right reasons.”
“Dude, thank you so much for using your voice for the right reasons! Way too many people with influence who would tell you the exact opposite. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU,” they wrote.
On Thursday, media site More Perfect Union tweeted out that DeVito had confirmed to them that his Twitter account had been unverified.
And according to Twitter’s FAQs about verification, they note that they may remove the badge from accounts “that are found to be in severe or repeated violation of the Twitter Rules.” It later re-appeared without explanation.
indy100 reached out to a representative of DeVito for comment.
Nabisco, which is the company that makes Oreo cookies and Ritz Crackers, have faced backlash and pressure from employees on strike in Virginia, Illinois, and Oregon while going through contract discussions with parent company Mondelez International, Inc.
Union leaders suggest that the proposal from Modelez to go from eight-hour shifts, five days out of the week to 12-hour shifts, three or four days a week, without the potential of overtime. There was also a proposal of more mandatory work on weekends without payment,
“During the pandemic, we were putting in a lot of hours, demand was higher, people were at home, and the snack food industry did phenomenally well,” said Mike Burlingham, vice president of BCTGM Local 364 in Portland to Today Food.
Burlingham also noted that Modalez “made record profits” but seems to appreciate the labor by closing two US bakeries last month.
“We make them a lot of money. It’s very disheartening. How is that supposed to make us feel?” he added.