Twitter Adds Labels, Warnings to Covid-19 Tweets With Disputed, Misleading Information

The social network took similar steps in February with regard to synthetic and manipulated media

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Twitter began adding labels and warning messages Monday to tweets containing disputed or misleading information related to the coronavirus pandemic.

The social network said Monday’s move marked the next step, following its update in March requiring the removal of tweets that increase the chance of someone contracting or transmitting the virus, including: denial of guidance provided by experts; encouraging people to use fake or ineffective treatments, preventions and diagnostic techniques; and misleading content purporting to be from experts or authorities

Head of site integrity Yoel Roth and director of public policy strategy Nick Pickles said in a blog post that the labels and warning messages will be used to provide additional explanations or clarifications in cases where the risks of harm associated with tweets are less severe, but the content is still misleading or confusing.

The labels and warning messages are similar to those Twitter rolled out in February to address synthetic and manipulated media.

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