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Twitter Starts to Combat Coronavirus Lies

Dave Parrack 19-03-2020

As COVID-19 spreads around the world, the misinformation about the coronavirus also spreads. Some people are spreading outright lies, while others are using the pandemic to spread propaganda for political reasons or trying to make money off the back of it.

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When people start spreading misinformation, we need the platforms they’re using to step up and combat the lies. Which is exactly what Twitter has committed to doing. And it has outlined the rules it has strengthened in order to combat coronavirus lies.

Twitter Cracks Down on Coronavirus Lies

On the Twitter Blog, the company gave an overview of the rules it’s employing. The company’s main weapon is a broadening of its definition of harm. This will enable Twitter to purge tweets that could “place people at a higher risk of transmitting COVID-19.”

This addresses content that goes “directly against guidance from authoritative sources of global and local public health information.” The company will “enforce this in close coordination with trusted partners, including public health authorities and governments.”

Twitter then lists some of the types of tweets it will be asking people to remove. We’re not going to repeat them here for fear of further spreading misinformation about COVID-19, but suffice to say that most people will understand why Twitter is cracking down.

The tweets all contain outright lies or misinformation about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. And by putting them out into the world, people are obfuscating the facts and helpful advice that legitimate experts are trying to impart. Hence the need to remove them.

Don’t Believe Everything You Read Online

We would hope our readers are intelligent enough to have questioned every single one of these claims. Unfortunately, not everyone on Twitter is capable of that, and would rather believe something they’ve read online than information from a reliable source.

Choosing your sources of information now is more crucial than ever, as the middle of a pandemic isn’t the time to play with the truth. Even in jest. To help you out, we have compiled a list of unbiased news sources free from censorship Top 4 Unbiased World News Sources Free From Censorship Unbiased news sources are rare, but they do exist. Here are the best news websites that are free from censorship. Read More .

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  1. John Smith
    March 20, 2020 at 8:06 am

    You mean they started selectively deciding who is a liar.
    Seen this movie before. This is nothing new.

    Twitter, Facebook, Google and their "fact checkers" are so biased and lack credibility is is not even funny.

    • Dave Parrack
      March 20, 2020 at 10:24 am

      I don't think that's correct. Do you agree that all of the example tweets Twitter provided are dangerous nonsense that should be removed?