Russian forces ‘continue to besiege kyiv,’ US defense official says

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Twitter said on Wednesday that its interventions against Russian state media had succeeded in limiting the reach of such content, reducing it by 30% on the platform.

The announcement follows Twitter’s efforts late last month to limit users’ sharing of content from Russian state media. At the time, Twitter said users shared links to Russian state media more than 45,000 times a day, far exceeding the number of shares by genuine Russian state media accounts on Twitter.

The company did not immediately respond to questions Thursday about the wide distribution of Russian state media content on the platform.

Twitter began applying warning labels on Feb. 28 to all links to Russian state media websites, and began algorithmically downgrading that content. So far, 61,000 tweets have been tagged under the change, the company said in a blog post Wednesday.

Twitter also said On Wednesday, it now began labeling Ukrainian and Belarusian government accounts as government-run.

Twitter has deleted more than 75,000 accounts since the invasion for attempted platform manipulation and inauthentic behavior, the company added, along with 50,000 misleading war-related content, such as videos falsely claiming to show the Ukrainian conflict. Twitter did not immediately respond to questions about how much misleading content may remain on its platform that has not been removed.

It’s unclear whether all 75,000 deleted accounts shared Ukraine-related content, but Twitter said it detected no specific government-coordinated influence operations among them.

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