The Russia-Ukraine conflict has put social media giants to the test over the spread of propaganda and other forms of information relay. Most of the leading social media companies had announced by Wednesday 23rd that they had embraced new actions as the signs of the imminent invasion in Eastern Europe increased.
Twitter joined other key players in the global social media industry in the scramble to combat any alleged Kremlin-backed falsehoods and digital maneuvers surrounding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Like other tech giants, Twitter revealed its worries on the possibilities that the social media space would be put back in political crosshairs citing the spread of alleged online misinformation.
Twitter Censorship or Helping You Get to the Truth?
In its action plan, Twitter revealed that it was determined to handle any emerging narratives touching the issue at hand by embracing harsh measures that include censoring first-hand and video footage accounts posted by its users.
For instance, Twitter has endeavored to censure first-hand posts from civilians posting direct video footage material of Russian tanks moving to the Ukraine border and helicopters flying to the highly tense region of Crimea. Apart from censoring, Twitter intensified its activities by suspending a various user accounts that had posted the video footage from the war-torn region.
Where Does Twitter Cross the Line?
Some avenues claimed that Twitter was directly meddling in the geopolitical crisis among the Eastern Europe neighbors. Similarly, Twitter was accused of conducting censorship campaigns against open-source intelligence posted by its users. However, the social media giant denied the claims in a public statement.
The tech giant’s censorship operations come when people in the 21st century have upheld social media as the most effective avenue to foster citizen journalism and war reporting. There are global campaigns that internet users have faced a lot of difficulties in accessing up-to-date accounts and video footage of the occurrences in Ukraine. Some avenues have accused the mainstream media and social media companies of collaborating with NATO to conceal critical information.
Similarly, there have been indications that the Ukrainian government had tried to weaponize Twitter to act against Russia. Ukraine had asked Twitter to criticize the accounts operated by the Russian State amidst the attack. Kyiv had also asked Twitter users to push the demands it had placed.
Conversely, Russia-backed media outlets had reported that Ukraine was conducting civilian genocide and remained unchecked on Facebook and Twitter.