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Twitter said that it will add labels to identify more state-affiliated accounts from next week, including world leaders' personal accounts, to give users more context for geopolitical conversations on the platform.

The move comes as Twitter's approach to prominent figures and government is under scrutiny after the high-profile ban of former US President Donald Trump's account and as political firestorms have raged in Myanmar and India.

In August, Twitter said it would start labeling the accounts of state-affiliated media outlets such as Russia's Sputnik and China's Xinhua News and of some key government officials for the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council: China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Twitter said in a blog post that it was expanding its labels to key government officials and institutions that were "the voice of the nation state abroad" from G7 countries and a majority of countries where Twitter has identified what it deems state-linked information operations.

Twitter's global public policy director, Nick Pickles, said the company was not labeling countries where the government was in dispute."We will take into account the international discussion about legitimacy of the government when we are considering if it's appropriate to apply these labels”, he said. 

The new countries where senior officials and institutions will be labeled are: Canada, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, Germany, Honduras, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.

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