A social network bought by an American billionaire has lifted restrictions on Kremlin-linked accounts.
In April 2022, after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the social network Twitter restricted the accounts of the occupying state, including those of the President of the Russian Federation and the Russian government. However, the situation changed after billionaire Elon Musk bought the social network.
about this informs The Telegraph notes last week’s trials.
The review showed that Russian government accounts appeared at the top of some search results and in recommendations.
Twitter’s former chief confirmed that this marks a departure from last year’s operations. “It is unlikely that these changes happened accidentally or without the knowledge and guidance of the company’s employees,” his comments were quoted in the publication.
Social networks are considered a key part of the Kremlin’s disinformation. The account of the Russian Embassy in Great Britain was blocked after it claimed that Ukrainian armed forces were targeting their own citizens and that Ukrainian soldiers “deserved to be hanged”.
Accounts of Russian ambassadors in Britain are now available, as is Russia’s Foreign Ministry and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Additionally, an investigation into Twitter’s source code last week revealed that its algorithm was downgrading posts related to the Ukraine war.
Twitter’s current management has yet to respond to a request for comment.
It’s worth recalling that after layoffs and changes under owner Elon Musk, Twitter can no longer protect users from trolling, government-sponsored misinformation and child sexual exploitation.