Twitter has announced that it will begin removing false information about the COVID-19 vaccines from next week.
“Starting next week, we will prioritize the removal of the most harmful misinformation, and in the coming weeks, we will begin labeling Tweets that contain potentially misleading information about the vaccines, “the social media company said Wednesday in a statement.
Tweets that forward baseless rumors, controversial claims, as well as incomplete or external information about vaccines and these tweets may “link to authoritative public health information or Twitter Rules to provide additional information provide people with authoritative information about COVID19. “
The company has emphasized that in the midst of a global pandemic, vaccine misinformation is a “major public health challenge.”
Critics, however, complain that social media companies are questioning free speech, interfering with politics and reaching beyond their limits.
There are more than 74.2 million virus cases and nearly 1.7 million deaths worldwide, Johns Hopkins University data showed.
Meanwhile, the country worst affected by the pandemic, the U.S., hit a new one-day record by recording more than 3,600 deaths Wednesday. There are nearly 17 million cases and more than 307,500 deaths.
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