Aug 6, 2020

Twitter to label state-controlled news accounts

The company will also label the accounts of government-linked media, as well as "Key government officials" from China, France, Russia, the UK and US. Russia's RT and China's Xinhua News will both be affected by the change. Twitter will label media organisations "Where the state exercises control over editorial content through financial resources, political pressure or control over production and distribution". Twitter says it will label key government officials, including foreign ministers, institutions, ambassadors and spokesmen and women from the five permanent members of the UN Security Council: China, France, Russia, the UK and US. "Our focus is on senior officials and entities that are the voice of the nation state abroad," Twitter said. Explaining the decision, Twitter said personal accounts "Enjoy widespread name recognition, media attention, and public awareness". Twitter said it would expand the list of labelled accounts and include additional countries over time.

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