Twitter said on Thursday that it will add tags next week to identify more national affiliate accounts, including personal accounts of world leaders, so as to provide users with more environments for geopolitical dialogue on the platform.

The reason for this move is that after former US President Donald Trump’s high-profile ban on accounts, Twitter’s treatment of prominent figures and the government is under scrutiny, and the political storm in Myanmar and India has intensified.

Twitter said in August that it will begin labeling accounts of state-affiliated media such as Russia’s satellites and China’s Xinhua News Agency, and labeling some key government officials in the five permanent members of the UN Security Council: China, France , Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Twitter in a Blog post It is expanding its label to G7 countries and Twitter has identified “key government officials and institutions representing the country abroad” in most countries where it considers information services related to the country.

The mockup of the tag shared by Twitter is called “U.S. Government Organization” or “U.S. Government Official.”

When asked how Twitter determines the government label in the context of the regime that launched the recent coup in Myanmar, Nick Pickles, Twitter’s director of global public policy, said that the company did not label the government in a country where the government is disputed. .

Pixar said in an interview: “When considering whether to use these labels appropriately, we will consider international discussions about government legitimacy.”

Pickles said that tags will only be added to verified accounts. For example, in Iran, this means that the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (Ayatollah Ali Khamenei) will not currently receive the label because he has not been verified, although the Minister of Foreign Affairs will receive it.

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The new countries marked with senior officials and institutions are: Canada, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, Germany, Honduras, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates. Twitter will also quote the personal accounts of the heads of state of these countries and permanent members of the UN Security Council, on the grounds that these accounts are used for diplomacy.

The company is subject to international scrutiny in handling the accounts of world leaders. In January of this year, after Congress triggered a commotion through a tweet sent from his personal @realDonaldTrump account, Trump banned Trump, saying it threatened violence.

Twitter usually exempts world leaders from removing content that violates the rules because it believes that their posts are in the public interest without adding warning notices and reducing the scope of the content. Pickles said the way Twitter enforces rules on accounts will not be based on these tags.

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