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Twitter removed its policy against misinformation about COVID-19

Twitter removed its policy against misinformation about COVID-19
FILE PHOTO: Elon Musk photo and Twitter logo are seen in this illustration taken November 4, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

Twitter He reported that stopped applying a policy designed to prevent the dissemination of misinformation about COVIDwhile its new owner, Elon Musk, continues to redo his content moderation policies.

The move comes after the mogul, who has already clashed with US authorities over pandemic safety regulations, reinstated a series of accounts on the social network that had previously been banned for violating its content rules, such as that of former President Donald Trump.

“As of November 23, 2022, Twitter stops applying the misleading information policy on COVID-19″, noted a message posted on a Twitter transparency web page.

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During the pandemic, Twitter dedicated itself to tag misleading COVID tweets Already kick out users who persisted in spreading such misinformation.

The banned content included statements intended to influence people to violate health authority guidelines, along with false cures or denial of scientific facts, according to a Twitter blog.

File image of the Twitter logo at its corporate headquarters in San Francisco, California, next to a red traffic light.  November 18, 2022. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
File image of the Twitter logo at its corporate headquarters in San Francisco, California, next to a red traffic light. November 18, 2022. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
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As of September this year, Twitter had suspended 11,230 accounts under this policy, according to the blog.

Twitter’s decision to no longer take down lies about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines disappointed many public health officials, who said it could lead to more false statements about the virus, or about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines. vaccines.

Bad news”tweeted epidemiologist Eric Feigl-Ding, calling on people not to flee Twitter, but to stay and stand up for credible virus information. “Stay friends, don’t give them the place.”

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Musk, who also runs Tesla, clashed with authorities in 2020 over pandemic safety orders that temporarily shuttered the electric car giant’s plant in California, calling the stay-in-place orders “fascist” and “a outrage” that violated personal freedom.

Under the command of Musk, who calls himself “freedom of expression absolutist”, Twitter has begun to restore some 62,000 accounts in what is internally called “the Big Bang”, according to the Platformer news blog.

Musk himself has spread false information about COVID-19 on Twitter and has expressed interest in withdrawing many of the platform’s previous rules aimed at combating misinformation.

Since taking over the platform last month, Musk has cut about half of Twitter’s staff, including many employees tasked with fighting misinformation, while an unknown number have voluntarily resigned.

More than 11,000 accounts were suspended for breaking the rules and nearly 100,000 pieces of content were removed from the platform, according to the latest figures from Twitter.

Musk’s approach has scared off the company’s main moneymaker: advertisers.

In recent weeks, half of Twitter’s top 100 advertisers said they are stopping or “apparently stopping advertising on Twitter,” according to an analysis by nonprofit watchdog group Media Matters.

(With information from AFP and AP)

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