Twitter has announced to label Tweets that may contain misleading information around Covid vaccinations and will permanently suspend repeat offenders.
The micro-blogging platform has introduced a strike system against such misleading tweets and five or more strikes will result in permanent account suspension.
“We believe the strike system will help educate the public about our policies and further reduce the spread of potentially harmful and misleading information on Twitter, particularly for repeated moderate and very serious violations of our rules,” the company said in a statement late Monday.
Since the introduction of the Covid-19 guidelines, Twitter said it has deleted more than 8,400 Tweets and challenged 11.5 million accounts worldwide.
While one strike results in no account-level action, two strikes result in a 12-hour account lock; three strikes result in another 12-hour account lock; four strikes result in a 7-day account lock; and five or more strikes mean permanent account suspension.
Labels will first be applied by Twitter team members when they determine that content violates the platform’s policies.
“Our goal is to eventually use both automated and human review to address content that violates our Covid-19 vaccine misinformation rules,” Twitter said.
Twitter will start with English-language content first and use this same process as it works to expand to other languages and cultural contexts over time.
Labels will appear in the display language set by the user and can link to curated content and official public health information or the Twitter rules.
Twitter blocks users who tweet false information about Covid-19 vaccine