Twitter will warn users about misleading COVID-19 information

From 11th May 2020 Twitter are introducing new labels and warning messages that will provide additional context and information on some Tweets containing disputed or misleading information related to COVID-19.

In March, Twitter broadened their policy guidance to address content that goes directly against guidance on COVID-19 from authoritative sources of global and local public health information.

Moving forward, they may use these labels and warning messages to provide additional explanations or clarifications in situations where the risks of harm associated with a Tweet are less severe but where people may still be confused or misled by the content. This will make it easier to find facts and make informed decisions about what people see on Twitter. 

These labels will link to a Twitter-curated page or external trusted source containing additional information on the claims made within the Tweet.

Twitter has confirmed this will include all users, including world leaders.

Duncan Newell

Duncan is a technology professional with over 20 years experience of working in various IT roles. He has a interest in cyber security, and has a wide range of other skills in radio, electronics and telecommunications.

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