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Technology Twitter will require users to remove tweets that could increase the spread of coronavirus

02:25  19 march  2020
02:25  19 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

Twitter (TWTR) said Wednesday that it would begin prompting users who search for the coronavirus to first visit official channels of information about the illness. The moves this week are notable, particularly since social networks have long been criticized for allowing the spread of misinformation.

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.

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

Under the new guidance, which take 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 is stepping up its efforts to crack down on coronavirus misinformation.  © Graphic by Pixabay/Illustration by CNET

Twitter is stepping up its efforts to crack down on coronavirus misinformation.

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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