Former MP George Galloway has threatened to take Twitter to court docket after social community bosses labelled his account as “Russian state-affiliated media”.
The veteran politician and latter day radio and TV host has hit out after the platform gave his account a tag suggesting he could also be underneath the affect of the Russian state.
The label seems on the high of his public profile and can’t be eliminated.
It means his account is handled the identical as official accounts for Russian state-controlled information platforms like RT and Sputnik.
Attacking the choice in a tweet, Galloway mentioned: “Dear @TwitterAssist I’m not ‘Russian State Affiliated media’.
“I work for NO #Russian media. I have 400,000 followers. I’m the leader of a British political party and spent nearly 30 years in the British parliament.
“If you don’t take away this designation I’ll take authorized motion.”
He has known as on billionaire Elon Musk – who this week purchased a 9.2% stake within the social community to grow to be its majority shareholder – to take away the label.
Galloway added: “Dear @elonmusk this have to be eliminated forthwith or motion will comply with. We had such hopes in your new period.”
George Galloway presents a show on RT – formerly Russia Today – each week called Sputnik Around the World, alongside his wife Gayatri.
He also presents The Mother of All Talk Shows on the Russian-owned Radio Sputnik station.
Both platforms are funded by and controlled by the Russian government.
After the designation was added to his Twitter profile Galloway removed a number of accounts from his biography, including those for his personal reveals and In Question, an RT America programme on which he makes common appearances.
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In an announcement, he mentioned the invasion of the nation was not “what I wanted to see”, however blamed it on “pumping Ukraine full of Nato weapons”.
In distinction, former First Minister Alex Salmond has suspended his present on RT “until peace has been established” in Ukraine. Unlike Galloway, his account has not been given a Russian media label.
Last month airwaves regulator Ofcom revoked RT’s broadcasting licence because it started investigating 29 alleged impartiality breaches.
The watchdog mentioned RT was not “fit and proper to hold a licence in the UK”, as a consequence of its tight hyperlinks with the Kremlin.
Twitter started labelling accounts as being related to governments and state-affiliated information companies in the summertime of 2020.
The social community has been criticised prior to now for failing to fight misinformation and faux information, a few of which has come from state-backed sources.
Any account that the social community believes is topic to “state…control over editorial content” is given a label within the identify of transparency.
In addition, tweets from these accounts usually are not amplified and shared as “recommended” posts within the feeds of customers who don’t comply with the accounts immediately.
In the UK, the coverage applies to politicians like Boris Johnson however does not carry over to information retailers just like the BBC as a result of it’s perceived to be impartial from the federal government regardless of being publicly funded.
Twitter was contacted for remark.
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