Twitter steps up enforcement in the face of coronavirus misinformation
Twitter is sick and tired of your coronavirus misinformation bullshit.
Late Wednesday afternoon, the social media giant was forced to "expand" its already existing safety rules in the face of content that could directly put people's lives at risk from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. An updated blog post laying out the new guidelines made clear that Twitter, at least in theory, will no longer tolerate this specific type of dangerous medical misinformation on its platform.
"Update: we’re expanding our safety rules to include content that could place people at a higher risk of transmitting COVID-19," read the announcement.
Notably, those changes include: "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."
The ban on "Encouragement to use fake or ineffective treatments" is of particular note as it follows a tweet by Elon Musk, a prominent Twitter user with over 32 million followers as of the time of this writing, loosely suggesting treatments for COVID-19.
Musk, of course, is neither a medical doctor nor an epidemiologist despite what his seemingly authoritative tweets on the coronavirus might suggest.
Twitter, however, was kind enough to provide us with examples that don't involve Elon "let's keep the Tesla plant open during a shelter-in-place emergency" Musk.
Under Twitter's updated rules, people posting versions of the following will be "required to remove" said tweets:
One would hope that during a pandemic such rules wouldn't be necessary in the first place, but we know that not to be the case.
If you happen to be looking for real, actual information about the coronavirus, try heading over to the World Health Organization's dedicated coronavirus page.
Your health, and Twitter's content moderators, will thank you.
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March 22, 2020 at 06:04PM