Twitter also plans on expanding the reach of its Label to incorporate officialdom from several additional countries.
Twitter will soon start placing labels on the private accounts of state officials. The tags are alleged to help users quickly identify anyone related to the govt.
More Government Officials Will Get a Label on Twitter
According to a post on the Twitter Blog, the platform will label the private accounts of “heads of state” on February 17, 2021. it’ll affix labels to charges related to state-affiliated media also.
Twitter is additionally expanding the reach of its labels to hide officialdom in additional countries. These locations include Canada, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, Germany, Honduras, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.
The platform hopes that these labels will help users “have a more informed experience on Twitter,” and also plans on tweaking the Label’s text to “add more specificity” by “differentiating between individuals and institutions.”
Twitter’s first wave of labels for government-affiliated accounts was unrolled in August 2020. Initially, these labels only applied to the officials related to the five countries within the United Nations Security Council and didn’t include these officials’ private accounts.
That said, these labels aren’t a blatant jab at misinformation, but they’ll still help users get more context about what they’re reading, and who it’s coming from.
Twitter Will Only Continue Expanding Its Labels
At the top of its blog post, Twitter noted that it hopes to expand its labels to “additional countries over time.” The Label appears as a pale grey flag on an individual’s Twitter profile, and you’re likely going to encounter it more often within the coming weeks.