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Twitter plans to name personal accounts of heads of state

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Twitter plans next week To add Labels to specify more state accounts, including personal accounts of world leaders, in order to give users more context about geopolitical conversations across the platform.

The move comes at a time when Twitter’s approach to prominent figures and the government is under scrutiny after the high-profile ban on the former US president (Donald Trump) account and the outbreak of political storms in Myanmar and India.

And in August, Twitter said it was starting to name state media accounts, such as Russia’s Sputnik and China’s Xinhua, and some key government officials of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council: China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The platform said in a blog post: It is expanding its designations to include senior government officials and institutions from the G7 countries and most countries in which Twitter has identified what it considers state-related information operations.

The sample labels shared by Twitter mentioned a US government organization or a US government official.

Asked how Twitter identified government nomenclature in situations like Myanmar where the military recently seized power in a coup, Twitter’s global public policy director, Nick Pickles, said the company did not name the countries where the government was in dispute.

Pickles said: We take into account the international discussions about the legitimacy of the government when we think about whether it is appropriate to apply these designations. Labels to verified accounts Just.

The new countries for which senior officials and institutions are named include: Canada, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, Germany, Honduras, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Spain, Thailand, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

Twitter also names the personal accounts of heads of state from these countries and permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, citing the use of these accounts for diplomacy.

The company faced international scrutiny over its approach to the accounts of world leaders and banned Trump’s account In January, after riots in the Capitol over Tweets he sent from his personal Twitter account.

Twitter has generally excluded rule-breaking content for world leaders from removal because it considers their posts to be in the public interest, and instead added warning notices and reduced content access.

“The way Twitter applies its rules to accounts will not be based on these labels,” Pickles said.

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