The accounts of the information sites Sputnik (Russia), RT and Xinhua News (China) are among those held by media outlets that will become the target of indication of provenance and content, according to statements by a spokesman. Twitter, quoted by Reuters - which declined to provide the full list of entities to be labeled.
"We believe that people have the right to know when a media account is directly or indirectly associated with a particular state," he said. The social network defined media outlets linked to a given state as those in that state exercises editorial control through financial resources or political pressure, or through control over production and distribution.
Twitter said state-funded media with editorial independence, such as NPR (United States) or BBC (United Kingdom), would not be labeled. By the way. Said the social network, there is no American media on the list.
The company said it is focusing its warning labels on government officials, senior officials and entities representing the state abroad, such as chancellors, official spokesmen and institutional entities. Marked accounts will include @WhiteHouse, @StateDept, @Elysee, @ 10DowningStreet and @KremlinRussia.
In principle, the labels will only be applied to officials from countries that are permanent members of the UN Security Council: China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Twitter said that the personal accounts of the heads of state will not be labeled as there is public awareness of their situation as representatives of the state.
Twitter currently labels the accounts of candidates running for the House of Representatives, the Senate or the United States governor during the 2020 election cycle.
It should be recalled that Facebook also said in June that it would start labeling state-controlled media organizations. In 2019, Twitter banned advertising on state-supported media outlets on its social network.