SOCIAL MEDIA | Twitter Planning To Create Label For Automated ‘Bot’ Accounts

MILAN – – Twitter Inc. is planning to create a new type of account for bots next year that will identify them as automated, the company said in a blog post on Thursday finalizing plans for a reboot of its long – paused verification program.

The company said bot accounts ‘can bring a lot of value to the service’, but acknowledged that it can be confusing to people if it’s not clear that these accounts are automated’.

Twitter has faces years of calls from misinformation researchers to disclose more information about bots, which have been used to amplify influence operations and make certain narratives appear more popular on its site.

‘It started requiring developers to identify automated accounts as bots in March, but resisted pressure to apply a designed label, saying as recently as May that ‘calls for bot labeling don’t capture the problem we’re trying to solve’.

Twitter also said on Thursday that it would build a new ‘memoralized account’ type in 2021 for people who have died.

Abuse of those accounts has likewise been a feature of information campaigns, such in one case documented last year by academic Marc Owen Jones involving the verified account of an American meteorologist who died of cancer in 2016 that began tweeting pro – Saudi government content in Arabic two years later.

Twitter announced last month that it would restart its verification program early next year, after pausing submission in 2017 amid criticism over how it awarded the blue check – mark badges used to authenticate the identity of prominent account.

It said it would begin removing badges from inactive and incomplete accounts that fail to adhere to the new guidelines as of Jan.20, 2021, although it would leave up inactive accounts of people who are no longer living working on the new memorial feature.

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Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, China’s Xi Discuss Cooperation In Phone Call

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Queen Elizabeth Returns To Royal Duties Four Days After Her Husband’s Death – PM Media

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth return to royal duties on Tuesday, four days after the death of her husband, Prince Philip, in an event to mark the retirement of her household’s most senior official, PA Media reported. The queen hosted a ceremony as the Earl Peel stepped down as Lord Chamberlain, the report added. Philip, who has … More Queen Elizabeth Returns To Royal Duties Four Days After Her Husband’s Death – PM Media

Saudi Arabia’s Ithra Celebrates Ramadan With Cultural Events, Activities

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) is celebrating the holy month of Ramadan with a wide selection of cultural events and interactive activities. Ithra is offering visitors a chance to take part in events focused on national traditions and  Saudi Arabian heritage, as well as different interactive workshops. The centre’s Ramadan program also includes a collection … More Saudi Arabia’s Ithra Celebrates Ramadan With Cultural Events, Activities

Britain’s Prince Philip Has Died

Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth who played a leading  figure in the British royal family for almost seven decades, has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace said on Friday. The Duke of Edniburgh, as he was been y his wife’s side through her 69-year  reign, the longest in British history, during which time he … More Britain’s Prince Philip Has Died

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