Twitter officials warned on Monday that they might not be able to fully clean up tweets that violate the new security guidelines, after announcing a crackdown on misinformation about the new virus circulating on social networks. In a new guideline released Wednesday, Twitter said it would ask users to remove tweets that could contribute to the spread of the outbreak, especially those that contradict local or World Health Organization stoically and encourage the use of ineffective or harmful treatments.
On Monday, @TwitterSafety released a series of tweets about the new policy.
Twitter’s security team has made it clear that it is unable to handle every incomplete or controversial tweet about COVID-19 in its entirety and may not be able to take enforcement action against the fish that leaked the net.
It added that the platform would still allow discussions about the origin of the virus and potential emergency treatment options unless there was clear incitement or harmful action.
The new guidelines come as the social networking company has been trying to stop the spread of misinformation about the new corona virus. Symptoms of COVID-19 include coughing and shortness of breath, according to the World Health Organization.
Also on the same day that Twitter published its definition of harmful content, Facebook said it was creating a new online hub so users could trust sources to get information about the outbreak.
Finally, Twitter’s security team said it would work with medical professionals to keep a close eye on its policy guidelines and keep the public informed of the progress of the effort.