Twitter Says It’s Adding Labels To Personal Accounts Of Head Of States
Twitter has revealed that it will start to add labels to the personal accounts of heads of state from next week. The microblogging site has said that it plans to expand its policy on government-affiliated accounts.
The company says that the labels are meant to provide context for users and allow them “have a more informed experience on Twitter,” according to a blog post from Twitter Support.
The decision appears to be a turnaround from an earlier position after the company said it would not label the personal accounts of heads of state. It said such accounts already have “widespread name recognition, media attention, and public awareness”.
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We’ll now use two distinct profile labels for these types of accounts, so you can easily identify them and their Tweets. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/JW67o422MO
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Also, Twitter says it is updating the text in its labels and apply additional labels on state-affiliated media accounts in the coming months. It says the move is to add more specificity to their tweets.
The company has stopped amplifying tweets from accounts where the government “exercises control over editorial content through financial resources; direct or indirect political pressures; and/or control over production and distribution”. However, this doesn’t include news outlets that although receive government funding, have editorial independence.
In August 2020, Twitter began applying labels to government officials’ accounts to more clearly identify them for users. Government officials in China, France, Russia, the UK, and the US were first to have those labels. From 17th February 2021, officials from Canada, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, Germany, Honduras, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, as well as the United Arab Emirates will begin to get the labels.
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