Twitter is adding labels to the accounts of state-affiliated media and government officials (TWTR)
- Twitter is adding new labels to the profiles of government officials and state-affiliated media to provide more context to users on the platform on the authors of tweets that are circulated.
- The labels impact the accounts of US officials like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo but do not affect personal accounts of heads of state such as that of President Donald Trump.
- The move comes in the lead up to the 2020 presidential election and as social media companies continue to combat misinformation on their platforms.
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If you click on the Twitter profile of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, you’ll notice a tiny grey flag under his name with a banner reading “US government account.”
In a company blog post, Twitter said it will add new labels to the accounts of key government officials, including Pompeo, as well as foreign ministers, key diplomatic leaders, official spokespeople, and institutional entities.
—Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) August 5, 2020