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Twitter no longer enforcing COVID misinformation policy

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Twitter has reversed a policy aimed at combating COVID misinformation on the social media platform under new boss Elon Musk.

According to a post on Twitter’s site, “from November 23, 2022, Twitter will no longer enforce the COVID-19 false information policy.”

Twitter under Elon Musk drops COVID misinformation policy

The rollback of the important policy was not announced. Some users discovered the update on Twitter’s blog sometime around Tuesday and posted about it.

The move also comes despite concerns about Twitter’s capacity to tackle disinformation after the company laid off around half of its workforce. Among the fired employees, some were responsible for content moderation.

In 2020, Twitter introduced the policy to screen out “harmful misinformation” about COVID and vaccinations. The platform was able to censor and mark tweets that contained inaccurate facts that posed a significant risk to public health.

Banned accounts might retrieve after the policy shift

From January 2020 and September 2022, Twitter terminated over 11,200 accounts and removed approximately 100,000 pieces of content for violating their policy.

It follows as Musk has promised to quickly recover previously banned Twitter accounts. These profiles may include a few of the 11,000 banned accounts under the earlier coronavirus regulations.

The explanation for the massive policy shift, as well as its discreet launch, remains unknown. Over the last few years, the Tesla CEO has been a vocal opponent of strict social distancing policies and vaccine regimens.

Following Musk’s takeover, there have been significant changes in the platform, from verified account badges to the revival of banned accounts.

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Brendan Byrne

While studying economics, Brendan found himself comfortably falling down the rabbit hole of restaurant work, ultimately opening a consulting business and working as a private wine buyer. On a whim, he moved to China, and in his first week following a triumphant pub quiz victory, he found himself bleeding on the floor based on his arrogance. The same man who put him there offered him a job lecturing for the University of Wales in various sister universities throughout the Middle Kingdom. While primarily lecturing in descriptive and comparative statistics, Brendan simultaneously earned an Msc in Banking and International Finance from the University of Wales-Bangor. He's presently doing something he hates, respecting French people. Well, two, his wife and her mother in the lovely town of Antigua, Guatemala.

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