Twitter has today announced a new program to make recognizing accounts connected to key government officials and state-controlled media outlets easier for the public. The company said it would start applying suitable labels to these types of accounts to provide users with more information.
Now it is confusing how Twitter will identify government accounts for the new labels. In this regard, Twitter mentioned,
“Our focus is on senior officials and entities that are the voice of the nation state abroad.”
Labels may only refer to accounts from the countries listed in the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, which are China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Moreover, the labels will expand to government officials in more countries in the future. However, the company will not apply these labels on personal accounts of state W heads as those accounts enjoy widespread recognition of names, media attention, and public awareness.
For the state-affiliated media accounts, the labels will apply to “outlets where the state exercises control over editorial content through financial resources, direct or indirect political pressures, and/or control over production and distribution.” Twitter will no longer promote state-affiliated media accounts or tweets through recommendation systems, including on the home timeline, alerts, and search because sometimes the media use their news reporting as a way of pushing a political agenda. State financed media organizations like BBC or NPR with editorial independence will be excluded from new labels.