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Twitter Fights Fake News about Coronavirus

by Mohamed Nabil

Twitter started a campaign against fake news about coronavirus, Twitter will remove any content that promotes unverified claims and misinformation about Coronavirus, according to BBC.

Twitter said tweets that could put people at a higher risk of contracting Covid-19 would be banned under the revised safety rules, That includes unverified claims and fake news that specific groups are more susceptible to coronavirus.

It also covers denial of expert guidance, and unofficial advice about ways to diagnose or treat the virus.

“We will enforce this in close co-ordination with trusted partners, including public health authorities and governments, and continue to use and consult with information from those sources when reviewing content,” Twitter said in a post on its website.

Harmful content will be triaged, it added, prioritising removing tweets that “present the biggest risk of harm”.

That followed an announcement from Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Reddit earlier this week, in which they committed to work with governments to fight misinformation and to help connect those in self-isolation.

“We are working closely together on Covid-19 response efforts,” the joint-statement said.

“We’re helping millions of people stay connected while also jointly combating fraud and misinformation about the virus, elevating authoritative content on our platforms and sharing critical updates in co-ordination with government healthcare agencies around the world.”

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