Twitter to Take Down False Claims About Covid-19 Vaccines

Twitter said it focused on reducing the impact of misleading information, which is the biggest potential danger to people’s health and well-being.

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Updated on the 16th. December 2020 at 3:32 p.m. Eastern time.

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plans to remove items that it believes contain harmful or misleading information about Covid-19 vaccines. This is part of the technology company’s recent efforts to curb the spread of false claims related to the pandemic.

Twitter’s comprehensive misinformation policy announced on Wednesday follows the spread of vaccines that could end the pandemic, but which must be critically adopted to be effective on a large scale.

Under the new rules, Twitter would remove tweets claiming that vaccines are used to harm the public, false claims, which have been widely denied, about the negative effects of vaccinations, and messages claiming that Covid-19 is not serious and therefore does not justify vaccination.

We are working to reduce the impact of misleading information, which is the greatest potential danger to people’s health and well-being, he said in a statement released on Twitter on Wednesday. Twitter plans to enforce the new rules on the 21st. December to begin with.

In the United States, most people get their information through social media. According to a study conducted by Harris Poll, more than 40 percent of Americans trust the information on the Covid 19 vaccine they see on social media platforms, and nearly 70 percent of Americans believe social media platforms should closely monitor the information on their pages about the Covid 19 vaccine and remove any information they find misleading.

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said in early December that it would eliminate false claims about Covid 19 vaccines denied by public health experts.

The new Twitter policy extends the previous rules and requires the removal of tweets that contain misleading information about how covid-19 is spreading in communities, misrepresentations about the effectiveness of preventive measures, misleading messages about official medical advice guidelines, and misrepresentations about the prevalence or risk of infection or death.

Twitter said it will use a combination of technology and people to rate tweets that can now be deleted.

Twitter is planning to expand in the coming weeks. From early 2021, Twitter could add labels or warnings to messages that spread unsubstantiated rumours and controversial accusations, as well as information about vaccines that had been taken out of context.

On Monday, more than 50 hospitals and healthcare facilities across the country received the new licensed vaccine, Covid-19, developed by Pfizer and BioNTech. Healthcare workers were among the first to be vaccinated in the United States: UPMC

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Published in printed form on 17. December 2020 as Twitter to remove Vaccine Falsehoods.

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