Twitter on Thursday announced that it will tag social media accounts maintained by senior officials, government agencies, and government or government-related media accounts, editors-in-chief and key representatives.
As stated in the message of the corporation, this is done for greater transparency and facilitate communication between Twitter users and government officials.
At the moment, only the accounts of five countries – permanent members of the UN Security Council, including Russia, are marked.
The personal accounts of heads of state (including US President Donald Trump) have not received marks, but, for example, the official accounts of the White House or the British Prime Minister already have them.
State or state-affiliated media are those media in which the state exercises direct editorial control. If the editorial offices of the media, even if they are funded from public funds, work independently, they do not receive marks. The marks were received, in particular, by the accounts of the Russian TV channel RT and its editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan, RIA Novosti, TASS, the Chinese Xinhua news agency, the English-language account of People’s Daily.
Previously, a similar policy was introduced by the Facebook corporation.