Micro blogging platform Twitter has announced it will label the accounts of government-linked media and key government officials from the five permanent member countries of the UN Security Council: China, France, Russia, the UK and the US.
The new labeling policy would include accounts of key government officials, including foreign ministers, institutional entities, ambassadors, official spokespersons, and key diplomatic leaders from these five countries.
“At this time, our focus is on senior officials and entities who are the official voice of the state abroad,” said an official statement. The move will make affected accounts less likely to appear in search results or notifications.
Twitter will also label accounts belonging to state-affiliated media entities, their editors and their senior staff. The move will impact state-controlled media organisations like Russia’s RT and China’s Xinhua news agency.