Twitter to add labels to accounts of government officials, state media entities

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Twitter will start adding labels to accounts belonging to “key government officials,” as well as state-affiliated media companies and their senior staff members, the company said Thursday. 

In a statement, the social media site said it would add labels to Twitter accounts that meet the following criteria: 

  • Accounts of key government officials, including foreign ministers, institutional entities, ambassadors, official spokespeople, and key diplomatic leaders. “At this time, our focus is on senior officials and entities who are the official voice of the state abroad,” the company said.
  • Accounts belonging to state-affiliated media entities, their editors-in-chief, and/or their senior staff 

The labels will appear directly beneath Twitter users' names on their pages.