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Tech & Science Twitter will require users to remove tweets that could increase the spread of coronavirus

02:15  20 march  2020
02:15  20 march  2020 Source:   cnet.com

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Some of the examples Twitter provided included tweets that state "social distancing is not effective" and "if you can hold your breath for 10 seconds Twitter didn't say how many tweets it's removed for coronavirus misinformation. The company has been relying more on automated tools to flag content

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a close up of a computer: Twitter is stepping up its efforts to crack down on coronavirus misinformation. Graphic by Pixabay/Illustration by CNET © Provided by CNET Twitter is stepping up its efforts to crack down on coronavirus misinformation. Graphic by Pixabay/Illustration by CNET

Twitter said Wednesday it will require users to remove tweets that could fuel the spread of the novel coronavirus, a move that could help combat misinformation on the social network. 

Under the new guidance, which takes effect today, the social network will bar tweets that go against the recommendations of local and global health authorities or encourage the use of ineffective or harmful treatments. Some of the examples Twitter provided included tweets that state, "social distancing is not effective" and "if you can hold your breath for 10 seconds, you do not have coronavirus." The company is cracking down on other types of misinformation, including false claims that specific groups and nationalities such as Asians are more susceptible to COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus. 

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Twitter will be removing tweets from its site that promote conspiracy theories, misleading or dangerous advice and other harmful ideas relating to coronavirus . The site said content that could place people at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 would contravene its safety rules.

Tweets which promote fake treatments for the coronavirus or deny expert guidance will be marked as harmful and removed , the social network site has said. Under the new policy, the company will require users to remove any tweets that deny “expert guidance,” promote “fake or ineffective

Twitter said that the rules aren't entirely new, but that it's broadening and clarifying its definition of harmful content. The new guidance comes as social networks try to stop the spread of misinformation about the coronavirus. Symptoms of COVID-19 include a cough and shortness of breath. On Wednesday, Facebook said it was creating a new online hub so users can find information about the coronavirus from trustworthy sources. 

It's unclear how well efforts to crack down on misinformation have been working. The New York Times reported earlier this month that dozens of videos, photos and posts that include coronavirus information continue to slip through the cracks on social media. 

Twitter didn't say how many tweets it's removed for coronavirus misinformation. The company has been relying more on automated tools to flag content that violate its rules. 

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