Twitter Will Label Misleading Tweets About Covid-19 Vaccine And Ban Accounts

Social media giant Twitter has announced that it will be using its anti misinformation system to label tweets containing misleading information on the COVID-19 vaccine. The social network will also introduce a 5 point strike system for offenders that can lead to locked accounts and permanent suspension.

The labels for misleading tweets are similar to what Twitter introduced early in the pandemic or Facebook’s anti misinformation banners. These labels will appear as text beneath misleading tweets and will contain links to reliable and approved sources or Twitter’s rules. Twitter says that these labels will be applied with a combination of human and automated systems.

The global rollout will start in the English language first.

A tweet needs to meet the following criteria before Twitter labels it as a misleading post. There are five categories of false or misleading information:

  • Misinformation about the nature of the virus
  • Misinformation about the efficacy of treatments and preventive measures
  • Misinformation about regulations, restrictions, and exemptions in association with health advisories
  • Misinformation about the prevalence of the virus and the risk of infection or death
  • Misleading affiliations (for example, claiming to be a doctor or public health official)

These misleading tweets will also lead to a five-point strike system, where more strikes against an account will lead to more severe action. A tweet labeled as harmful will count as one strike, but a tweet deemed particularly dangerous by Twitter, which may invoke a larger conspiracy will count as two strikes. The social network may also remove such tweets from the platform.

Here is how a different amount of strikes will punish an account.

  • One strike: no account-level action
  • Two strikes: 12-hour account lock
  • Three strikes: 12-hour account lock
  • Four strikes: 7-day account lock
  • Five or more strikes: permanent suspension

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