Elon Musk, the billionaire who likes to interact with netizens on social media, has been throwing out controversial comments from time to time late, such as: “Kids are basically immune, and the status quo is that older people are more susceptible.” Close contact between children and grandparents can be at higher risk when a family is together.” But even with evidence that children may also be seriously infected with the new coronavirus, Twitter officials say they will not clean up the entrepreneur’s inappropriate remarks.
Earlier this week, technology companies including Google, Microsoft and Facebook said they were responding positively to the growing misinformation associated with the new virus outbreak.
Twitter officials also said the company is expanding its definition of harm to address direct conflicts between global and local public health information authority guidance.
But the platform’s laissez-faire approach to Elon Musk’s influential comments, which contradict the new guidelines, have caused even greater controversy.
Although statistically speaking, young people appear to be less affected by COVID-19. However, there is early evidence that COVID-19 can still cause significant health problems for children, especially infants.
Clearly, in the eyes of Twitter officials, Elon Musk’s comments are still not a violation of platform rules.
“We will continue to consult with trusted partners, such as health authorities, to identify the most harmful elements,” it said in a statement tomedia TheVerge.