Twitter Cracks Down on Tweets Blaming the Coronavirus Pandemic on 5G

The social network wants to avoid damage to critical infrastructure

Twitter has removed more than 2,200 tweets since March 18 kbeis/iStock
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If you tweet about 5G causing the coronavirus pandemic, there’s a good chance that your tweet won’t be around long.

Twitter said in a Twitter Safety tweet Wednesday, “We have broadened our guidance on unverified claims that incite people to engage in harmful activity, could lead to the destruction or damage of critical 5G infrastructure or could lead to widespread panic, social unrest or large-scale disorder.”

A spokesperson for the social network added, “We’re prioritizing the removal of Covid-19 content when it has a call to action that could potentially cause harm. As we’ve said previously, we will not take enforcement action on every tweet that contains incomplete or disputed information about Covid-19. Since introducing these new policies March 18, we’ve removed more than 2,200 tweets. As we’ve doubled down on tech, our automated systems have challenged more than 3.4 million accounts that were targeting discussions around Covid-19 with spammy or manipulative behaviors.” David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.