TWITTER CRACKS DOWN ON THE SPREADING OF CORONAVIRUS MISINFORMATION
Careful what you tweet! Twitter content moderators have enforced updated policies which aim to regulate and fact-check the information which is shared on the platform regarding the current Coronavirus pandemic.
An updated blog post shared by the social media giant on Wednesday afternoon clearly lays out updated guidelines which make clear that Twitter will not tolerate false news and unsolicited medical information.
As the world faces an unprecedented public health emergency, we want to be open about the steps we’re taking to keep people safe. To support social distancing and working from home, we need to work differently and rely more on automated systems to help enforce our rules.— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) March 17, 2020
The post mentions: "Denial of expert guidance," "Encouragement to use fake or ineffective treatments, preventions, and diagnostic techniques," and "Misleading content purporting to be from experts or authorities.
What this means for you:— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) March 17, 2020
- We’re working to improve our tech so it can make more enforcement calls — this might result in some mistakes.
- We’re meeting daily to see what changes we need to make.
- We’re staying engaged with partners around the world.
In light of the global pandemic, those who are searching for relevant and factual information should visit the World Health Organization’s dedicated Coronavirus page to keep updated.
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