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Twitter to label share links to Russian state-affiliated media websites

The new labels will say - “This Tweet links to a Russia state-affiliated media website” - and will be placed on top of a link in a tweet.

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Washington: The Social media company Twitter is planning to introduce special labeling system for share links associated with Russian state-affiliated media websites in the coming week, Site Integrity at Twitter hea Yoel Roth said on Monday.

“Today, we’re adding labels to Tweets that share links to Russian state-affiliated media websites and are taking steps to significantly reduce the circulation of this content on Twitter. We’ll roll out these labels to other state-affiliated media outlets in the coming weeks,” Roth said in a tweet.

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The new labels will say – “This Tweet links to a Russia state-affiliated media website” – and will be placed on top of a link in a tweet. The move comes on amid Russia’s special operation to demilitarize and de-Nazify Ukraine, responding to calls from the Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics for help in countering intensifying aggression of Ukrainian troops.

On Sunday, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen announced the European Union’s intention to ban state-owned Russian media outlets, including RT, Sputnik and their subsidiaries, as part of new sanctions imposed on Russia.

According to von der Leyen, the European Commission is currently developing necessary tools to take the measure. 

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