Twitter will give representatives of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UN) a separate label. These are ministers, institutes, ambassadors, spokesmen, diplomatic leaders and high-ranking staff of state media, making the company public on Thursday on his blog.
Labeled profile Accounts are no longer recommended by Twitter’s algorithms as tracking suggestions. Also, the tweets are no longer placed in the timeline by an algorithm of users who do not follow that account.
With the labels, Twitter wants to make it clear that the profiles are high-ranking individuals and organisations representing “the official voice of the State abroad”. Heads of State’s personal accounts are not currently labelled because of their reputation.
Initially, only accounts associated with the governments of the five permanent members of the Security Council are labelled: the United States, the United Kingdom, China, Russia and France. In the future, Twitter wants to expand the number of countries.
Twitter calls labelling an “important step in getting people to get context on what connection to a state has an account that discusses geopolitical issues”.
As regards state media and their editors-in-Chief, Twitter examines whether the government in that country has a direct or indirect influence on the media’s journalistic content. Media that receive financial support but are independent, such as the BBC in the UK, do not receive a label.
The labels – a flag for persons and a desk with microphone for state media – are visible on the profile pages and on the tweets sent or retweeted by the account.