Twitter hardens rules against pandemic misinformation

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Twitter hardens rules against pandemic misinformation


The social network had already attacked in March words directly contrary to the recommendations of health authorities.



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The pandemic of Covid-19 is accompanied by an epidemic of fake news. So Twitter again tightened its rules, Monday, May 11, to fight against disinformation about the new coronavirus and its consequences in the world. The social network has expanded the types of messages that can be flagged to users as potentially “misleading” or “controversial”.

“From now on, we will use labels and warning messages to provide further explanation and clarification in situations where tweets are less likely to be harmful but can still confuse or mislead people”, said the social network in a press release.

Depending on the danger potential of the messages (moderate or strong) and the type of problems they raise (unverified, disputed or misleading information), the moderators of Twitter will respond with warnings or warnings, and will go as far as withdrawal in the worst case (misleading and dangerous information). The platform intends to rely on “trusted partners “ to identify questionable content that may be harmful.

Social networks are active to counter the wave of false news, conspiracy theories, rumors and false miracle remedies that have blossomed in a matter of weeks. Twitter had already attacked in March words directly contrary to the recommendations of health authorities. The social network then deleted messages in April “harmful”, like those calling to destroy 5G antennas (according to conspiracy theories linking this new technology to the spread of the new coronavirus).

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