Twitter removes malicious and misleading tweets
Twitter recently updated its COVID-19 policies, which remove malicious tweets that “incite people to action and cause widespread panic, social unrest, or large-scale disorder.” This proactive enforcement and spam detection of the social networking site prevents the further spread of misinformation and can cause potential harm online.
Among the rules included in the update are the detection of spam accounts and broadening guidelines on unverified claims. Any content and Twitter accounts that could lead to the destruction or damage of critical infrastructure incite people to action and go out of their homes, and forms widespread panic, fear, and social disorder will be removed and blocked from the platform.
We have broadened our guidance on unverified claims that incite people to engage in 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.
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) April 22, 2020
According to Twitter, it has removed more than 2,200 misleading and potentially harmful content since the policies were introduced last March 18. Its system also detected 3.4 million accounts who have discussed COVID-19 with spammy or manipulative behaviors. Twitter also expresses its continuous efforts in identifying and blocking spam accounts amid the pandemic.
You may read the updated COVID-19 policies of Twitter here.