Twitter removes Russian government accounts

If you’re trying to get information from both sides of the ongoing war in Ukraine, Twitter just made your job a little harder.

The far-left platform has restricted 300 official Russian government accounts, removing them from all feeds. Twitter said posts from the accounts will no longer be featured in timelines, notifications or elsewhere on the site.

This effectively removes the Russian government from Twitter. Posts from accounts can only be seen by following accounts and turning on timelines (via the three-star icon at the top right of the Twitter home screen on desktop browsers), or by browsing directly to the flows of sanctioned accounts.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a joint press conference with the President of Kazakhstan following their talks at the Kremlin in Moscow on February 10, 2022. (MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks to the media during a joint press conference with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz after their meeting at the Federal Chancellery in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, September 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks to the media during a joint press conference with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz after their meeting at the Federal Chancellery in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, September 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

Twitter said it took action in response to Russia’s banning of the platform in the country, citing a policy against any government that “restricts access to the open internet while engaged in a armed conflict”.

Via the BBC:

Accounts will no longer be recommended in timelines, notifications or elsewhere on the site, Twitter said.

Twitter said allowing Russian government officials to post freely on the social media site, while simultaneously limiting the platform in Russia “creates a damaging information imbalance”.

As part of Tuesday’s action, the content of more than 300 official government accounts will no longer be “recommended or amplified”. This means that Twitter’s powerful algorithm will not promote these accounts.

While Twitter says its action is a response to the Russian government blocking access to the platform, Russia has said its decision to block Twitter and other Silicon Valley platforms was a response. to these services restricting Russian media such as RT and Sputnik.

Since the start of the Russian intervention in Ukraine, Ukraine and its Western allies have urged Silicon Valley to deny Russia and its supporters access to social media platforms.

Allum Bokhari is Breitbart News’ Senior Technology Correspondent. He is the author of #DELETED: Big Tech’s Battle to Erase the Trump Movement and Steal The Election.

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