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8/19/2019, 8:24 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Twitter to stop advertising state media

Twitter Inc. said on Monday it will no longer advertise "state-controlled news media entities." Accounts of the outlets affected by the decision will, however, be allowed to remain on the social network and "engage in public conversation," it added. The company consulted "established academic and civil society leaders" in the field before taking the decision, including Reporters Without Borders, Freedom House, the Committee to Protect Journalists and UNESCO, among others.

Twitter also pointed out the measure will not apply to "taxpayer-funded entities, including independent public broadcasters," as opposed to media organizations "financially or editorially controlled by the state." Outlets reporting exclusively on entertainment, sports, and travel will be excluded from the new policy.

Twitter added it suspended 936 accounts that allegedly played a part in a "significant state-backed information campaign" from Mainland China aimed at discrediting and delegitimizing protests in Hong Kong. "Based on our intensive investigations, we have reliable evidence to support that this is a coordinated state-backed operation," the statement from the company underlined.

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