Yesterday, Twitter announced that it will no longer accept advertising from state-controlled news media entities.  Twitter said that, "Any affected accounts will be free to continue to use Twitter to engage in public conversation, jut not our advertising products."  

Twitter also said that its new policy change will apply globally, across its entire business.  It applies to "news media entities that are either financially or editorially controlled by the state."  It will not apply, however, to taxpayer-funded entities, including independent public broadcasters.  It will also not apply to entities that are solely dedicated to entertainment, sports, and travel content.  

Twitter explained that it made this change to its policy because, "we believe that there is a difference between engaging in conversation with accounts you choose to follow and the content you see from advertisers in your Twitter experience which may be from accounts you're not currently following."