Twitter to label misleading coronavirus tweets — even if they’re from President Trump
Coronavirus pandemic lockdown is upon us and social media is a window into the outside world. But many times, the news/posts/tweets on social media are not true. Fake posts and tweets, especially about the coronavirus pandemic, can cause great harm. Twitter has now announced that it will label such misleading tweets about coronavirus.
Twitter said Monday it plans to put labels and warning messages on some tweets that contain disputed or misleading information related to Covid-19. The message included saying that even tweets by President Donald Trump about coronavirus could be labeled as misleading.
Since the coronavirus pandemic began in January 2020, social media has been flooded with COVID-19 messages. Twitter announced in March that it would remove Covid-19 tweets that could cause a “direct risk to people’s health or well-being.”
Taking a step further, Twitter will from Monday use labels and warning messages “to provide additional explanations or clarifications in situations where the risks of harm associated with a Tweet are less severe but where people may still be confused or misled by the content.”
President Trump will also not be spared according to Yoel Roth, Twitter’s head of site integrity. “These labels will apply to anyone sharing misleading information that meets the requirements of our policy, including world leaders,” Roth tweeted in response to a question about how the policy would apply to Trump and other elected officials.
Twitter and President Trump have a rather confronting relationship. Twitter announced last summer that it would label tweets from world leaders that broke its rules but it had later reneged on its policy.