Twitter will label, scale back visibility of tweets linking to Russian state media

FILE PHOTO: A 3D-printed Twitter emblem displayed in entrance of Russian flag is seen on this illustration image, October 27, 2017. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photograph

Twitter is including labels and decreasing the visibility for tweets containing content material from Russian state-affiliated media web sites like RT and Sputnik, the social media firm mentioned on Monday.

It mentioned that since Russia invaded Ukraine on Thursday, it had seen greater than 45,000 tweets a day from folks sharing these hyperlinks. Twitter mentioned this meant the vast majority of content material from state-affiliated media was coming from people sharing the fabric quite than the state-affiliated media accounts it already labels.

State-run media, which has lengthy been a contentious presence on main social platforms, has emerged as a key battleground in Moscow’s stand-off with large tech firms throughout the Ukraine disaster.

Final week, Russia mentioned it might partially prohibit Fb for censoring its media, a transfer the corporate mentioned got here after it refused Russian authorities’ request to cease impartial fact-checks and labels on content material from some state-owned media organizations.

Twitter, which has confronted punitive website slowdowns from Russia, mentioned on Saturday that its website was being restricted for customers within the nation.

Alphabet Inc’s Google and Fb-owner Meta have additionally banned Russian state-controlled media from incomes cash via adverts on their platforms.

Twitter mentioned the label would mechanically be utilized to any tweets with a URL from a delegated state-affiliated media web site. It is going to additionally scale back the visibility of those tweets by not recommending them to customers and taking them out of the ‘High Search’ perform.

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The corporate began labeling and “de-amplifying” state-affiliated accounts belonging to Russia and a number of other different nations in 2020. It stopped permitting promoting from accounts owned by RT and Sputnik in 2017 following the U.S. presidential election and in 2019, it banned adverts from all state-backed media.

Twitter mentioned it was beginning to add the brand new labels on tweets linking to Russian state media content material but it surely supposed so as to add further state-backed shops from different nations within the coming weeks.