Twitter’s policy will be enforced in close consultation with local, national and global public health authorities

By David Cohen

50 mins ago

As the Covid-19 vaccine begins to roll out, new troves of misleading information begin to roll out with it, and Twitter outlined the steps it is taking to keep that misleading information off its platform.

The social network said that starting Dec. 21, it will use a combination of technology and human review to root out the most misleading information.

Early next year, Twitter will extend its efforts to labeling tweets that contain potentially misleading information about the vaccines.

The policy will be enforced in close consultation with local, national and global public health authorities.

Twitter clarified that its current policy already requires the removal of tweets with false or misleading information about:

  • The nature of the virus, such as how it spreads within communities.
  • The efficacy and/or safety of preventative measures, treatments or other precautions to mitigate or treat the disease.
  • Official regulations, restrictions or exemptions pertaining to health advisories.
  • The prevalence or risk of infection or death.

Starting Dec. 21, the policy will be extended to cover false or misleading narratives about Covid-19 vaccinations, including:

  • False claims suggesting that immunizations and vaccines are used to intentionally cause harm to or control populations, including statements about vaccines that invoke a deliberate conspiracy.
  • False claims that have been widely debunked about the adverse impacts or effects of receiving vaccinations.
  • False claims that Covid-19 is not real or not serious and, therefore, that vaccinations are unnecessary.

Twitter said when it advances to the stage of labeling or placing warnings on tweets with unsubstantiated rumors, disputed claims, or incomplete or out-of-context information about vaccines, those labels or warnings will link to authoritative public health information or to the Twitter Rules in order to provide users with additional context.

As the global distribution of #COVID19 vaccines begins, we’re providing guidance on how we’ll address potentially harmful misleading content about these vaccines and help people stay informed.

— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) December 16, 2020