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Twitter will label all tweets with links to Russian state media

Twitter will attach warnings to tweets sharing links to Russian state-affiliated media, the platform said on Monday, as Kremlin-tied outlets are accused of spreading misinformation on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Social media giants are under pressure to suppress misleading or false information about the attack, which has drawn fierce international condemnation. Kremlin-run media outlets RT and Sputnik have both been accused of using false narratives in an effort to argue in favor of war.

Twitter’s head of site integrity, Yoel Roth, wrote that the platform has been seeing more than 45,000 tweets per day that are sharing links to state-affiliated media outlets.

“Our product should make it easy to understand who’s behind the content you see, and what their motivations and intentions are,” he added. In addition to adding labels that identify the sources of links, Roth said the platform is also “taking steps to significantly reduce the circulation of this content on Twitter.”

The announcement came the day after Facebook’s parent Meta said pro-Russia groups were orchestrating misinformation campaigns on social media, using fake profiles or hacked accounts to paint Ukraine as a pawn of Western deceit.

The cyber security team at the tech giant, also s parent company to Instagram, said it blocked a set of Russia-linked fake accounts that were part of a social media scheme to undermine Ukraine.

The small network of Facebook and Instagram accounts targeted people in Ukraine, using posts to try to get people to visit websites featuring bogus news about the country’s effort to defend itself from the invasion by Russia.

Twitter and Facebook have both been hit with access restrictions in Russia since the invasion and are now “largely unusable”, said web monitoring group NetBlocks.

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH 

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: UNIAN.INFO

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