Twitter will remove tweets that spread harmful misinformation, starting with the Covid-19 vaccine, the company has announced – and from 2021 it will begin to label tweets that push conspiracy theories.
The move sees the company follow Facebook and YouTube in tightening up policies around the coronavirus vaccination as the rollout of the jab begins across the world.
“Starting next week, we will prioritise the removal of the most harmful misleading information,” the US company said in a blogpost.
“And during the coming weeks, we will begin to label tweets that contain potentially misleading information about the vaccines.”
Examples of posts that may be removed include false claims “that suggest immunisations and vaccines are used to intentionally cause harm to or control populations”, and claims “that Covid-19 is not real or not serious, and therefore that vaccinations are unnecessary”.
Tweets that do not reach the level of…