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Twitter begins 'official' labels for Indian govt, media handles

Elon Musk's newly acquired micro-blogging platform Twitter has started labelling Indian government handles and Indian media as "official" ahead of the roll-out of blue tick subscriptions across India.

In the Twitter handles of various Indian government organizations, the "official" label was noticed. For example, Prime Minister's Office, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's official Twitter account, and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh's Twitter account also have the "official label".

Earlier, on November 8, Twitter's executive Esther Crawford announced that he will roll out a second verification label to limit confusion between legitimate accounts and ones that pay for their blue ticks, New York Post reported.

Verified accounts will now come with an "Official" label beneath their username, complete with a grey verification checkmark, Twitter executive Esther Crawford said.

She further said that the label will help the users to distinguish between official accounts and the Twitter Blue subscription, which is taking over the blue check previously used for verified accounts.

"Not all previously verified accounts will get the 'Official' label and the label is not available for purchase," New York Post quoted Crawford saying.

Official pages will be designated for "government accounts, commercial companies, business partners, major media outlets, publishers, and some public figures," she added.

Twitter has not given any explanation on how the company would decide which accounts are designated as "official."


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