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Twitter will now remove fake claims, news and racist jokes on coronavirus

Twitter revealed that they will remove any tweets which go against their guidelines and they will coordinate with public health authorities and governments to review the content on their feed.

twitter-logoAnkita Chakravarti | March 19, 2020 | Updated 14:05 IST
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Highlights

  • Twitter will now remove tweets that claim of fake treatments of coronavirus.
  • Any tweet which goes against Twitter guidelines will be removed
  • Twitter will ban tweets claiming that specific groups, nationalities cannot contract COVID-19

After Facebook, now Twitter too has pulled up their socks to fight back misinformation on coronavirus. As per new security guidelines issued by the micro-blogging site, Twitter will now remove tweets that claim of fake treatments of coronavirus or any tweet that tries to mislead users about coronavirus.

In a blog post, Twitter revealed that they will remove any tweet which goes against their guidelines and they will coordinate with public health authorities and governments to review the content on their feed.

In the same post, Twitter listed out the kind of content it will remove from its platform. Here are some of them:-.

Twitter will ban tweets that try to expose people to COVID-19 with and influences people to act against the guidelines issued by the governments and health authorities. Examples of such misleading tweets would be: social distancing is not effective, or encouraging people to not practice social distancing in COVID-19 affected areas

--Tweets that will influence people to use protective measures and treatments that are not harmful but are not effective or not directly related to the COVID-19 context will be banned from Twitter. Twitter will remove any tweets that will be pushed out with an intent to mislead others, even if it has been saved on a lighter note. Examples of such tweets would be: coronavirus is not heat-resistant - walking outside is enough to disinfect you or use aromatherapy and essential oils to prevent COVID-19.

--Any tweet that tries to spread racism or makes false will be banned from Twitter. Twitter will remove tweets claiming that certain nationalities are more susceptible to COVID-19. Examples of such tweets would be: avoid businesses owned by Chinese people as they are more likely to have COVID-19.

--Twitter will ban tweets claiming that specific groups, nationalities cannot contract COVID-19. Examples of such tweets would be: people with dark skin are immune to COVID-19 due to melanin production or reading the Quran will make an individual immune to COVID-19.

--Twitter's move to curb misinformation is laud worthy considering it is used as one of the most sources of information. A major chunk of news is derived from Twitter and it at such trying times any false tweets manages to influence people, it will be a huge loss.

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