Twitter bans malicious false claims about COVID-19 vaccines


Twitter said Wednesday it would begin removing false or misleading tweets about the COVID-19 vaccine, including making false claims that the vaccines could deliberately harm or control the population or incite “deliberate conspiracy.”

Of Twitter Policy update announced in, a Blog post The same week the first Americans received COVID-19 He said that as part of the mass immunization campaign, there was a need to remove tweets with false claims about the adverse effects of vaccinations on users receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

It also prohibits widely misleading information about the adverse effects of receiving COVID-19 vaccines. The new policy will begin to be implemented next week.

Conspiracy theories and misinformation about the coronavirus and its potential vaccines spread on social media platforms during the epidemic.

Twitter said it could put a label or warning on tweets with “unsubstantiated rumors, controversial arguments, as well as incomplete or relevant information” about vaccines starting early next year.

A Twitter spokesman said the vaccine with public health partners was guaranteed to eliminate misinformation.

Facebook And AlphabetFamous YouTube In two recent weeks the ban was announced on false claims about the vaccine from public health experts’ information.

Twitter has in the past asked users to delete tweets with false or misleading information about the nature of the coronavirus, the effectiveness or safety of preventive measures or treatments, official regulations or the risk of infection or death. Hides such tweets and prevents users from retweeting until they are deleted.

Twitter said the updated policy would take effect from December 21 and would be expanded in the coming weeks.

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