Nov 30, 2022

Twitter ends Covid misinformation policy under Musk

Twitter says it has stopped enforcing its policy on misleading information about coronavirus. Twitter had previously reported suspending more than 11,000 accounts for Covid misinformation as of September this year. Under its Covid-specific policy, Twitter operated a "Five-strike system" for accounts posting "Demonstrably false or misleading" content that may "Lead to significant risk of harm" - such as exposure to Covid or damage to public health systems. Though he says the Covid reporting system on Twitter was never perfect, Dr Stephen Griffin of The University of Leeds School of Medicine says it was reassuring to know that many thousands of accounts spreading disinformation had been removed since 2020. Millions of users voted for the reinstatement of suspended accounts in a Twitter poll, causing boss Elon Musk to tweet: "The people have spoken... amnesty begins next week."

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