Twitter announced Monday that it will start labeling tweets that share misleading information about COVID-19 vaccines. The labels will include links to relevant information from official bodies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Twitter plans to enforce a five-strike system for repeat offenders that can lead to locked accounts and permanent suspension. The new labels are similar to Facebook's anti-misinformation banners or the labels Twitter began deploying early in the pandemic. They appear as text underneath misleading tweets, with links to information from official sources or Twitter's rules. Twitter says it applies these labels through a combination of human and automated review systems and is starting its rollout with English-language content first. Twitter has specific criteria for labeling in its COVID-19 misleading information policy , but generally, the company targets five categories of false or misleading information: Misinformation about the nature of the virus Misinformation about the efficacy of treatments and preventive measures Misinformation about regulations, restrictions, and exemptions in association with health advisories Misinformation about the prevalence of the virus and the risk of infection or death Misleading affiliations (for example, claiming to be a doctor or public health official) Labels also feed into the new… Read full this story
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