Twitter stops labeling Russia’s RT and China’s Xinhua as “state-affiliated media”

Screenshot showing the Twitter profile of Russian state-controlled news agency RT, after the

Enlarge / RT’s Twitter profile, now not labeled as “Russia state-affiliated media.”

Twitter has eliminated “government-funded” and “state-affiliated” labels from media accounts, together with these of public broadcasters within the US and the accounts of state-controlled information organizations in China and Russia. The RT and Xinhua Twitter accounts have been beforehand labeled “Russia state-affiliated media” and “China state-affiliated media,” however these labels disappeared someday yesterday or in the present day.

RT describes itself on its Twitter profile as selling “freedom over censorship, reality over narrative,” and the profile now has no indication that it is managed by the Russian authorities. China’s Xinhua state information company, additionally now unlabeled by Twitter, calls itself “public media for the general public good” that does not “yield to the stress of ideological stigmatization and political bias.”

Different state-affiliated media retailers had their labels eliminated by Twitter. “State-backed Dot Dot Information posted a screenshot of its Twitter account on Friday with a caption that mentioned: ‘the label is gone! China state-affiliated media is gone,'” the Hong Kong Free Press wrote. Dot Dot Information is positioned in Hong Kong however is described as being pro-Beijing. Hong Kong broadcaster RTHK misplaced its state-affiliated media tag as properly.

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