George Galloway’s Twitter account marked as ‘Russia state-affiliated media’

Mr Galloway has been approached for comment.

Moscow has responded to the new measures by restricting access to Twitter in the country, as well as blocking Facebook and Instagram.

Twitter said in a statement: “We will not amplify or recommend government accounts belonging to states that limit access to free information and are engaged in armed interstate conflict – whether Twitter is blocked in that country or not.

“When a government blocks or limits access to online services within their state, undercutting the public’s voice and ability to freely access information, but continues to use online services for their own communications, a severe information imbalance is created.”

Putin’s official English account has only 1.7 million followers.

Greater censorship in Russia

Since the start of the Russian offensive in Ukraine on February 24, authorities have stepped up censorship, which was already strict. It not only controls the way in which the war is portrayed on television and in the press, but also by private individuals on social networks.

Using words such as “war” or “invasion” to describe the intervention is prohibited. The Russian government has instead called the conflict a “special military operation”.

In addition, the main independent media that still exist in Russia have been blocked or have suspended their work to avoid trouble.

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