Twitter Removed Over 1,100 Tweets Since Putting New Rules in Place for Covid-19

More than 1.5 million accounts have been challenged

Twitter has taken down tweets from some high-profile users kbeis/iStock

Twitter is following through on the policy change it enacted last month to remove tweets that increase the chance of someone contracting or transmitting the coronavirus.

The social network said in a Twitter Safety tweet that over 1,100 tweets containing misleading and potentially harmful content have been removed, and over 1.5 million accounts targeting manipulative discussions about Covid-19 have been challenged.

While Twitter’s ban hammer has yet to come down on President Donald Trump despite several tweets that appear to violate the social network’s policies, it has claimed some high-profile victims. Queenie Wong of CNET shared three examples:

Two tweets by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro that reportedly shared video of him questioning social distancing were deleted from the platform.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro had a tweet pulled for claiming that a natural brew was a potential cure for the coronavirus.

And Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, temporarily had his account locked for quoting conservative activist Charlie Kirk’s claim that “hydroxychloroquine has been shown to have a 100% effective rate treating Covid-19.” David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.