Twitter Aims to Label More State-Affiliated Accounts Worldwide

Twitter Chief Government Jack Dorsey stated on Friday the social media platform plans to develop its labelling of state-affiliated accounts worldwide, whilst he defended its coverage of permitting leaders of nations like Iran and China to make use of Twitter.

In the course of the digital Oslo Freedom Discussion board, hosted by New York-based nonprofit the Human Rights Basis, Dorsey stated Twitter would label accounts in additional international locations to provide customers extra context for data tweeted by state-affiliated accounts and “if there’s an agenda behind it.”

Twitter first introduced the labelling final month, however solely initially utilized it to accounts from China, France, Russia, the UK and the US.

Twitter has been used extensively by activists, typically utilizing pseudonyms, to broadcast human rights abuses from international locations like Saudi Arabia and China, however has been criticised for failing to stop dangerous actors from utilizing so-called “bot” accounts to unfold disinformation.

Dorsey stated the corporate is utilizing alerts equivalent to when batches of latest accounts are created, and the way shortly they start tweeting about sure subjects, to crack down on disinformation campaigns, whereas defending activists underneath pseudonyms.

“Pseudonymity is a constructed identification, and that is what we need to worth and shield,” he stated.

Requested if it was hypocritical of Twitter to permit leaders from Iran and China to make use of the platform regardless of the governments blocking entry to residents, Dorsey stated there was worth in “understanding how they’re considering.”

“It is essential … to understand how the story of the regime is being advised to the remainder of the world,” he stated.

© Thomson Reuters 2020

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