Twitter began attaching the “state-affiliated” media label to outlets in August 2020, in preparation for the November US presidential elections. The company moved to “permanently suspend” Donald Trump’s account in January, while he was still the sitting US president, over allegations he incited the riot at the Capitol.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic weighed in on US-based social network Twitter’s move to start labelling accounts in the country as purportedly “state affiliated”.
The remark was a reference to how the ex-POTUS was kicked off the platform. Donald Trump was permanently banned by Twitter for his alleged role in incitement of violence, when his supporters stormed the US Capitol on 6 January in protest of certification of Joe Biden’s win in the 2020 presidential elections.
Twitter defines “state-affiliated” media as “outlets where the state exercises control over editorial content through financial resources, direct or indirect political pressures, and/or control over production and distribution.” The platform “will not recommend or amplify” accounts thus labelled, it states.
Ahead of the November 2020 US presidential elections, Twitter began appending the “state-affiliated” media label to outlets in August that same year. The company stated at the time that its goal was to limit the spread of potentially harmful and misleading content.
Among those Twitter deems affiliated with Serbia’s government are the dailies Srpski…