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Bluesky now allows heads of state to register with the social network

Social networking platform Bluesky over the weekend lifted its ban on registrations of heads of state. This means that various public officials can join the platform. Blue Sky’s move comes ahead of major elections scheduled for this year in countries including the United States and India.

Last year, during Bluesky’s invitation-only period, the company said it would not allow heads of state to register and asked users to contact the startup before inviting high-profile people.

“We appreciate everyone’s enthusiasm in sending invitations, but our current policy is that we cannot yet accommodate heads of state to join our beta. This also applies to recent/famous heads of state,” the company said at the time.

Notably, the company opened the platform to anyone in February, allowing anyone to sign up for the service, after nearly a year in an invitation-only model.

Bluesky faced moderation challenges early in its life and struggled with issues such as allowing racial discrimination. Separately, users continue to push the platform to crack down on hate speech.

Last December, Bluesky added review lists and automated review tools. Last month, it released the Ozone tool, which allows users to build their own moderation and labeling services.

With social networks now allowing political leaders to join the platform, new types of moderate issues may arise that have not yet been encountered. And one needs to be prepared for different possibilities.

Bluesky rival Threads has moved away from actively recommending political content. However, Bluesky users don’t have to rely on a central algorithm to view different types of political content, as they can subscribe to different feeds.

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