A note describing its COVID-19 policy was published to a page on Twitter’s website, which suggests that the company is stopping enforcement of the COVID-19 misinformation policy.
Twitter is no longer enforcing its Covid-19 misinformation policy, which frequently resulted in users’ accounts being locked or suspended if they violated established narratives.
The long-standing rule does not apply to government officials’ deliberate misinformation about subjects like transmission, masks, vaccine efficacy, side effects, or any other’science’ that later proved to be blatantly wrong.
The change was not formally announced by Twitter; instead, a note describing its Covid-19 policy was published to a page on the company’s website.
“Effective November 23, 2022, Twitter is no longer enforcing the COVID-19 misleading information policy,” reads the note, which follows a line that still reads: “As the global community faces the COVID-19 pandemic together, Twitter is helping people find reliable information, connect with others, and follow what’s happening in real time.”
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Furthermore, according to Sky News, the company’s Covid-19 “misleading information” policy was deleted. This policy revealed that the corporation used a strike system, awarding one penalty to users who added labels to their tweets and two strikes to users who deleted tweets. A 12-hour lockout would be imposed on users with two to three strikes, while users with four strikes would be permanently suspended.
The platform suspended more than 11,000 accounts and removed nearly 98,000 pieces of content for violating its COVID misinformation policy between January 2022 and September 2022, according to information published by Twitter.
The site also reduced the visibility of tweets or accounts believed to be in violation of the policy by stopping tweets or retweets from those accounts appearing in certain parts of Twitter, displaying their replies in lower positions in conversations and excluding their tweets or account from recommendations on the site. -Sky News
Notably, when Elon Musk became the new owner of Twitter, half of the content moderation, human rights, and communications teams were fired. After Musk gave his employees the choice to sign up for “long hours at high intensity” or leave, hundreds more fled.