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Twitter is looking at forcing users to delete existing tweets containing COVID-19 conspiracy theories after vaccinations begin worldwide.
The company will be enforcing its efforts to ‘tamper down’ any conspiracy that may arise related to the Coronavirus Pandemic that spreads misinformation or discourages people from getting the vaccine.
New rules posted here apply to information regarding adverse effects of getting the vaccine jab and misleading tweets that claim the vaccine is not needed. According to Twitter, conspiracies are causing harm to control populations.
“In the context of a global pandemic, vaccine misinformation presents a significant and growing public health challenge — and we all have a role to play. We are focused on mitigating misleading information that presents the biggest potential harm to people’s health and wellbeing,” Twitter said.
The new policy will go into effect on December 21 of this year.
If a tweet is made that falls into the category of misinformation or conspiracy theories regarding vaccines and COVID-19, the user will be asked to delete that content before having the permissions to create a new tweet again.
Warning labels will be implemented. Some will read unsustained rumours, disputed claims, and as well as incomplete or out-of-context information about vaccines. The labels will roll out early 2021.
“We may label or place a warning on Tweets that advance unsubstantiated rumours, disputed claims, as well as incomplete or out-of-context information about vaccines. Tweets that are labelled under this expanded guidance may link to authoritative public health information or the Twitter Rules to provide people with additional context and authoritative information about COVID-19,” Twitter said.
Tweets may be hidden or have their engagement limited as an added feature to ‘fight’ against misinformation.
During the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, Twitter added new content policies that reflected specific COVID-19 misinformation.
The main worry and reason for implementing labels and policies were to ensure a significant portion of the population knew what misinformation was, especially to users who speak about the refusal to get vaccinated or encourage it.
This is another trick in the books for social media giants to enforce more strict rules against free speech and thoughts. However, private companies have their own rules and policies to enforce specific types of restrictions and limitations to users at any time.
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