Twitter to label tweets about COVID-19 it deems misleading

Twitter says it will start labeling information about COVID-19 it deems misleading.

The social networking service says it will use labels or warnings for coronavirus-related tweets it classifies in three categories:

  • Misleading information
  • Disputed claims
  • Unverified claims

The labels will be added to tweet, and to ones sent earlier.

The new rule is the latest in a wave of stricter policies that tech companies are rolling out to confront an outbreak of virus-related misinformation on their sites. Facebook and Google, which owns YouTube, have already put similar systems in place.

Some of the questionable tweets will run with a label underneath that directs users to a link with additional information about COVID-19. Other tweets might be covered entirely by a warning label alerting users that “some or all of the content shared in this tweet conflict with guidance from public health experts regarding COVID-19.”

Twitter won’t directly fact check or call tweets false on the site, said Nick Pickles, the company’s global senior strategist for public policy. The warning labels might send users to curated tweets, public health websites or news articles.

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