January 17, 2021

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Twitter says it will start removing COVID-19 vaccine misinformation

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Twitter announced Wednesday that it will remove tweets...

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Twitter announced Wednesday that it will remove tweets making false or misleading claims about COVID-19 vaccinations.

Any tweets claiming that vaccines “intentionally cause harm to control populations” or invoke conspiracy theories will be subject to removal, according to Twitter’s blog post. Tweets falsely suggesting that COVID-19 doesn’t exist or espouse “widely debunked” claims may also be removed. Enforcement of the new policy will begin next week.

Twitter may also label or place warnings on tweets pushing vaccine conspiracy theories starting early next year. These labeled tweets could link out to authoritative public health information, similar to how Twitter directed users to verified voting information throughout the 2020…

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