Twitter wrote on the blog that it was upgrading its labels to key government officials and their “overseas national voice” institutions from the G7 countries and many countries where Twitter has identified what it sees as state-of-the-art data processing.
The director of global public policy on Twitter, Nick Pickles, said the company does not name the countries where the government has a dispute.
Twitter Inc on Thursday will put up labels next week to identify more state-affiliated accounts, including accounts of world leaders, to give users more context for political talks on the platform.
The move comes amid growing criticism of Twitter over prominent people and the government being targeted after US President Donald Trump’s high-profile account was blocked and politically motivated slogans in Myanmar and India.
In the month of August, Twitter announced that it would begin labeling the state-owned media accounts such as the Russia’s Sputnik and also the China’s Xinhua News and other government officials for the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council: China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and also the United States.
Twitter also wrote on the blog that it was upgrading its labels to the key government officials and also their “overseas national voice” institutions from the G7 countries and in many countries where Twitter has identified what it sees as state-of-the-art data processing.
Humorous labels shared by Twitter have been dubbed “US Government agency” or “US Government official.”
Asked how Twitter would cut government labels in situations like Myanmar where the military has recently taken power by rebellion, Twitter’s global public policy director Nick Pickles said the company does not call countries where the government is at loggerheads.
Pickles said in a statement that they will look at international negotiations on the legality of government when considering whether to use these symbols.
Pickles said that Labels will only be added to the accounts that are verified. For example, in Iran that would mean that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei will not currently receive the label because he is not confirmed, even though the foreign minister does so.
New countries where senior officials and institutions will be listed are: Canada, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, Germany, Honduras, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.
Twitter will also be writing about the accounts of the heads of state from these countries and members of the UN Security Council permanently, citing the use of these accounts in communications talks.
The company has undergone a global scrutiny of its performance on the accounts of world leaders. In January it blocked Trump following a Capitol riot of tweets – posted from his @realDonaldTrump account – saying he was in danger of inciting violence.
Twitter often releases the content of legal leaders who break the rules in removal because they see their posts benefiting the public, instead of adding warnings and reducing access to content. Pickles said the way Twitter puts its rules into accounts will not be based on these labels.