New York (The Verge) — Twitter will label government officials and state-affiliated media accounts theverge.com/2020/8/6/21357….
Twitter has begun adding labels to the accounts of public officials related to geopolitics as well as state-affiliated media accounts. It will also no longer promote these media accounts on the timeline.
Twitter says the labels will provide context to help users make informed decisions. Its public officials rollout focuses on accounts that represent “the voice of the nation-state abroad” and are likely to engage in geopolitical discussion on Twitter. The US State Department has a label (as does Secretary of State Mike Pompeo), for example, while the Treasury Department doesn’t. Twitter also isn’t labeling the personal accounts for heads of state, saying these accounts already enjoy “widespread name recognition, media attention, and public awareness.” — Adi Robertson/@verge