Twitter takes steps to limit reach of Russian government accounts

Twitter announced on Tuesday that it was introducing new measures against Russian government accounts to reduce the impact of official propaganda on the social network.

Official accounts will no longer be “recommended” to Twitter users across all categories of the app, including searches, the platform said in a statement. The Californian company, like its rival Meta, parent company of Facebook and Instagram, had already blocked the accounts of Russian public media RT and Sputnik in the EU.

Moscow reacted by restricting access to Twitter in the country and blocking Facebook and Instagram.

“We will not amplify or endorse government accounts owned by states that restrict access to free information and are engaged in interstate armed conflict – whether Twitter is blocked in that country or not,” Twitter said in a statement. communicated.

“When a government blocks or limits access to online services in its state, undermining the public’s voice and ability to freely access information, but continues to use online services for its own communications, a serious information imbalance is created,” he said.

The official English account of Russian President Vladimir Putin has only 1.7 million followers.

Since the beginning of the Russian offensive in Ukraine on February 24, the authorities have tightened the already strict censorship to control the way the war is portrayed on television and in the press, but also by individuals on social networks. . .

The use of words such as “war” or “invasion” to describe the intervention or to refer to actions against civilians is prohibited.

The Russian government has instead called the conflict a “special military operation”.

Moreover, the main independent media that still exist in Russia have been blocked or suspended their work to avoid trouble. —AFP

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