It has been listed among the posts that will be removed as those that include false claims that the virus is not real, debunked claims about the effects of receiving the vaccine, and unsubstantiated claims suggesting that immunizations are used to harm or control people.
Twitter said in a blog post that it will begin enforcing the new policy next week. If people send tweets in violation of the rules, they will be required to delete them before they can tweet again. Before the offending tweet is removed, Twitter will hide it from view.
Twitter said that, starting early next year, it may also label tweets promoting “unsubstantiated rumors, disputed claims, as well as incomplete or out-of-context vaccine information,” but which may not deserve removal under the new rules. .
The new policy comes as the United States is starting to roll out COVID-19 vaccinations in the largest immunization campaign in the country’s history. Vaccinations are also underway in other countries.
This is while large swathes of people are hesitant about vaccinations and anti-vaccination groups and individuals peddle conspiracies on social media.
Facebook and YouTube also announced that they will remove vaccine misinformation.
The number of people who have died from the coronavirus in the United States surpassed a staggering 300,000 on Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University, with around 2,400 people now dying on average per day.
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