Twitter cracks down on COVID vaccine misinformation

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter says it has begun labeling tweets that embrace deceptive details about COVID-19 vaccines and utilizing a “strike system” to ultimately take away accounts that repeatedly violate its guidelines.

The company stated Monday that it has began utilizing human reviewers to evaluate whether or not tweets violate its coverage towards COVID vaccine misinformation. Eventually, the work will probably be executed by a mixture of people and automation, it stated.

Twitter had already banned some COVID-related misinformation in December, together with falsehoods about how the virus spreads, whether or not masks are efficient and the danger of an infection and dying.

“Through the use of the strike system, we hope to educate people on why certain content breaks our rules so they have the opportunity to further consider their behavior and their impact on the public conversation,” Twitter stated in a blog post Monday.

People with one violation — or strike — will see no motion. Two strikes will result in an account being locked for 12 hours. Five or extra will get a person completely banned from Twitter.

Facebook has additionally stepped up its vaccine misinformation combat after years of half-hearted enforcement. It introduced an expanded coverage final month that features all vaccines — not simply these towards COVID-19.

San Francisco-based Twitter didn’t instantly reply to a message in search of remark on whether or not it additionally plans to incorporate broader anti-vax misinformation in its insurance policies.

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