01 October 2020,   20:41
Twitter to label state-controlled news accounts

Twitter says it will no longer “amplify” tweets by state-controlled media organisations, by excluding them from its recommendation systems, writes BBC.

The move makes affected accounts less likely to appear in search results, notifications and on a user"s timeline.

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 said it was acting to provide people with more context about what they see on the social network.

Other social platforms, including video-sharing giant YouTube, already label the channels of state-backed media organizations.