Twitter: We will not enforce the COVID-19 misinformation policy

Twitter has reversed a policy aimed at countering COVID-19 misinformation on its platform, opening up the risk of a possible wave of false claims despite a rise in cases in China and in some parts of the world.

The move also comes in light of concerns about Twitter’s ability to fight disinformation after the company, under the leadership of new chairman Elon Musk, laid off about half of its employees, including those responsible for content management, according to Reuters.

In an update posted by the company on its page, it states that “effective November 23, 2022, Twitter will no longer enforce its COVID-19 misinformation policy.” CNN was first reporting this update on Tuesday.

While it is not yet clear what exactly the procedures will be abandoned by Twitter. The company did not respond to a request for more information.

“Civil Integrity Policy”

Interestingly, at the start of the pandemic in 2020, Twitter took a number of measures, including flagging and warning messages about tweets that contain controversial information about the health crisis, and also established a framework forcing users to delete tweets that make malicious false vaccine claims.

Facebook, owned by Meta, and Google and YouTube, owned by Alphabet, have taken similar steps that are still in force.

Twitter also said at the beginning of questSince March 2021, it has stopped enforcing its “civil integrity policy” regarding lies related to the 2020 US presidential election.

Several changes

Interestingly, billionaire Musk acquired Twitter on Oct. 27 for $44 billion and moved quickly to make several changes to him and his staff.

On October 29, he said he would form a content management board whose members would have “very different viewpoints”.

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