There have been several problems recently with Richard's Twitter account.  First the avatar and background image for his page were deleted by Twitter and a "steam" avatar was put up. We have no idea where that came from.  We put up temporary ones which Twitter replaced with the original ones recently.  When they were removed, his "verified" status was also removed and that has not been restored yet.

Please be assured that @RichardDawkins is his personal account and was up until recently "verified".  Hopefully Twitter will soon restore that as well.

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Update 17-Sept
Here are two links which describe some of the recent bugs at Twitter
http://storify.com/danlev/hilarious-twitter-bug-swaps-profile-pictures-and-b
http://techcrunch.com/2012/09/14/twitter-bug-randomly-swaps-out-avatars-for-some-accounts-profile-se...