October 4, 2022
Twitter to label tweets linking to Russian state media amid Ukraine crisis

Twitter will put a warning on tweets sharing links to Russian state-affiliated media, the platform said on Monday, as Kremlin-linked outlets are accused of spreading misinformation on Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

Social media giants are under pressure to suppress misleading or false information about the attack, which has drawn strong condemnation internationally.

Both Kremlin-run media outlets RT and Sputnik have faced allegations of using false narratives in an attempt to argue in favor of the war.

Twitter’s head of site integrity, Joel Roth, wrote that the platform is seeing more than 45,000 tweets per day sharing links to media outlets affiliated with the state.

“Our product should make it easy to understand who is behind the content you see, and what their motivations and intentions are,” he said.

In addition to adding labels that identify the sources of the links, Roth said the platform is “taking steps to reduce the spread of this content on Twitter.”

Facebook parent Meta said pro-Russian groups were running a misinformation campaign on social media using fake profiles or hacked accounts to portray Ukraine as a vulnerable pawn of Western dualism.

The tech giant’s cybersecurity team – also the parent of Instagram – said it blocked a set of fake accounts linked to Russia that were part of a social media scheme to undermine Ukraine.

The small network of Facebook and Instagram accounts targeted people in Ukraine, using the posts to prompt people to visit websites showing fake news about the country’s attempt to invade Russia.

Web watchdog group Netblox said both Twitter and Facebook have been hit by access restrictions in Russia since the invasion and are now “largely unhelpful”.

Social media networks have become one of the fronts in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, home of sometimes misleading information, but real-time monitoring of the rapidly evolving conflict that marked Europe’s biggest geopolitical crisis in decades. does.

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