— RT UK (@RTUKnews) August 6, 2020
Along with Sputnik and some others. Which is fair enough, except that the following don’t also get the same treatment:
- Voice of America
- France 24
- Deutsche Welle
- Al Jazeera (!)
- Al Arabiya
The @Russia account is labeled, but not the @Ukraine one.
However, it does include a bunch of Chinese media outlets:
- Global Times
Amusing, though, it seems limited to ostracizing Russian/Chinese media only. PressTV is not on the list, perhaps because the progressives who run Twitter have a soft spot for Iran on account of Trump being against them.
Anyhow, this is further confirmation that Twitter is itself a “state-affiliated media” organization (though this is hardly a novel development, three years ago they banned a bunch of Venezuelan state accounts. As such, any self-respecting country that is not a US vassal would logically make Twitter and other US state-affiliated social media companies subject to the same sanctions and regulations that govern such bodies.