Twitter To Eliminate Misleading Coronavirus : The outbreak of the COVID-19 has brought the world to a halt. Cities have been forced into lockdown. People are being quarantined by the dozen. With rising cases each day and the increasing death rate, the officials are striving hard for a cure.
But at the same time, this time of chaos has been revealing a whole new side of human life. Fake news, misleading theories, and of course rumors, are being spread like wildfire. In addition to the spread of the disease, it is important to put a stop to these as well.
Several social networking websites have taken effective measures against the spread of fake news. On March 16, it was announced by Google, Facebook, Linkedln, Microsoft, and Reddit have jointly pledged to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. And it looks like Twitter has also joined the list with their new announcement.
Twitter To Remove Potentially Harmful 5G Tweets
Over the past couple of years, conspiracy theories have gained a foothold. To put a stop to false claims and rumors about the novel coronavirus, Twitter has now updated its COVID-19 policies. This move comes as a response to stop the spread of false information that has been inciting the public and causing mass panic. Vigilantes have destroyed 5G towers in Britan. This was done when there were tweets relating to the spread of COVID-19 to the rollout of 5G.
As per what twitter officials have said to TechCrunch, “We’re prioritizing the removal of COVID-19 content when it has a call to action that could potentially cause harm”. Over the past few weeks, there have several tweets surrounding the twitter world linking the cell tower radiation to the COVID-19. This has resulted in several attacks on telecom infrastructure.
Following the new policy, Twitter has taken down 2,230 tweets fitting the category so far. Twitter has updated its guidance policies regarding the misinformation of 5G and the coronavirus.
“We have broadened our guidance on unverified claims that incite people to engage in a 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,” the company tweeted.