Twitter hardens rules against coronavirus misinformation

The social network already deleted in April “harmful” messages, like those calling to destroy 5G antennas (according to conspiracy theories linking this new technology to the spread of the new coronavirus).

Twitter further tightened its rules on Monday to fight disinformation about the pandemic, by expanding the types of messages that can be flagged to users as potentially “misleading” or “controversial”.

Warning labels and messages.  Social networks are competing to counter the wave of fake news, conspiracy theories, rumors and fake miracle cures that hit the web in a matter of weeks. Twitter had already attacked in March words directly contrary to the recommendations of health authorities. “From now on, we will use labels and warning messages to provide additional explanations and clarifications in situations where tweets are less likely to harm but can still confuse or mislead people,” said the platform in a press release.

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

The social network already deleted in April “harmful” messages, like those calling to destroy 5G antennas (according to conspiracy theories linking this new technology to the spread of the new coronavirus). He also removed in March two tweets from the official account of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro in which he questioned the containment decided to fight against the coronavirus.