Twitter doesn’t have a handle on hate speech, racism, or xenophobia — but the company says it will ban all tweets spreading misinformation about coronavirus.
The company updated their safety policy with the stated intention of ridding the platform of messages that “could place people at a higher risk of transmitting COVID-19.”
This policy will ban tweets that deny guidance from experts, encourage quack treatments and preventive techniques, and give out misleading info claiming to be from health authorities.
Content that increases the chance that someone contracts or transmits the virus, including:
– Denial of expert guidance
– Encouragement to use fake or ineffective treatments, preventions, and diagnostic techniques
– Misleading content purporting to be from experts or authorities
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) March 18, 2020
For users who violate this rule, Twitter says they’ll “require people to remove [those] Tweets.”
Good luck with that.