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Twitter Adds New Labels for Govt. Affiliated Media Accounts

In a bid to make interactions with the government more transparent on the platform, social network giant Twitter introduced new labels for government and state-affiliated media accounts on Thursday. The platform will now use two distinct profile labels to indicate that the accounts are owned or affiliated by the government. For example, the US Government Account, Russia State-Affiliated Account.

Twitter also clarified that it doesn’t allow state-affiliated media accounts to run advertisements on the platform, and henceforth, it will not allow such accounts and their tweets to appear in recommendations. This is a part of the series of measures the micro-blogging platform has been taking since last year, after it received serious flak from civil societies and rights activists for the past few years, for allowing the state and other political groups to influence the free will of the viewers through online paid manipulation. Defining “state-affiliated media” in its official blog, Twitter said,

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In reply to a tweet asking whether the new labels are only for US representatives, Twitter said that initially, it will be applicable to the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, which includes China, the United Kingdom, the United States, France, and Russia. However, it will be expanded to other countries subsequently.

It is worth mentioning that those media organizations that are sponsored and financed by the government but enjoy editorial independence, will not be labeled under the new categories. A few examples of such organizations include the BBC (UK) and the NPR (US). Emphasizing its stand on political conscience, Twitter said that they believe that political reach should be earned and not bought, which is why it banned political and state-affiliated media advertising in 2019.

Mae Guerra

Mae Guerra joined CapitalBay.News as a journalist and editor covering news and updates on emerging technologies, tech events, and more. She is a sports enthusiast and also loves writing poems.

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