Twitter is making changes to its policy enforcement approach-starting this week-meant to curb hoaxes and fake news about COVID-19. The company announced on its blog that, they are taking a wide range of actions on potentially abusive and manipulative content.

Under this new guidance, Twitter will require people to remove tweets that include:

  • Denial of global or local health authority recommendations to decrease someone’s likelihood of exposure to COVID-19.
  • Description of treatments or protective measures which are not immediately harmful but are known to be ineffective, are not applicable to the COVID-19 context, or are being shared with the intent to mislead others, even if made in jest.
  • Description of harmful treatments or protection measures which are known to be ineffective, do not apply to COVID-19, or are being shared out of context to mislead people, even if made in jest.
  • Denial of established scientific facts about transmission during the incubation period or transmission guidance from global and local health authorities.
  • Specific claims around COVID-19 information that’s intends to manipulate people into certain behaviour for the gain of a third party with a call to action within the claim.
  • Specific and unverified claims that incite people to action and cause widespread panic, social unrest or large-scale disorder.
  • Specific and unverified claims made by people impersonating a government or health official or organization.
  • Propagating false or misleading information around COVID-19 diagnostic criteria or procedures.
  • False or misleading claims on how to differentiate between COVID-19 and a different disease, and if that information attempts to definitively diagnose someone.
  • Claims that specific groups, nationalities are never susceptible to COVID-19.
  • Claims that specific groups, nationalities are more susceptible to COVID-19.

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