Twitter gets stricter with the tweets you post and could delete them

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  • Twitter updated its policy against spreading fake news

  • This type of content has spread on social networks and websites in relation to the coronavirus

  • Fake news is a problem that represents a cost to the global economy of 78 thousand MDD

The relentless release of information related to the outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19 It has become a problem in order to establish a communication flow that gives certainty to the population, increasingly concerned about the situation. This has motivated various companies and institutions to seek to contain disinformation. Twitter is one of them.

Like Facebook, the social network of microblogging It has taken measures to limit the reach or spread of fake news and harmful content, including collaborating with the World Health Organization (WHO) to work together

Update on your policy

Twitter is one of the digital platforms that has long implemented or made changes to its policy to verify, moderate or eliminate erroneous, violent or hateful information; This without violating the freedom of expression of the users.

However, given the proliferation of content that causes disinformation among the community. In response, a few weeks ago it updated its guidelines adding two rules to ban ads that "They use the Covid-19 outbreak opportunistically to target inappropriate ads."

Now made a new update in which added a new definition about harmful content "To address content that runs directly counter to the guidance of authoritative sources of global and local public health information."

In such a way, Twitter said requiring users to remove or delete content that increases the chance that someone will contract or transmit the virus.


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What to consider as infringing content?

In this sense, the company led by Jack Dorsey explained that this applies to those tweets that refer to:

  • Deny or reject the recommendations of the health authorities "With the intention of influencing people to act against the recommended orientation", such as not respecting the rule of healthy distance.
  • Treatment description that they are not immediately harmful but are known to be ineffective, even playfully.
  • Description of harmful treatments like "drinking chlorine cure Covid-19".
  • Promote unverified actions or recommendations They encourage confusion and widespread panic, such as: Italy letting people over 80 die (that's false!).
  • Affirm that specific groups or nationalities are never susceptible, or on the contrary, that they are more susceptible, to Covid-19.
  • False or misleading claims on how to differentiate between Covid-19 and a different disease.

The fake news problem

Days ago, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter They established an agreement with the WHO to offer support against disinformation and to give more impetus to official and verified information. Specifically, they are redirecting searches associated with the coronavirus to content from the international organization, as well as from other health authorities or official information.

What we do not know is what criteria to what type of accounts this applies or if it is in general. The reality is that not only ordinary users are susceptible to intentionally or accidentally spreading information of this type, this applies to companies, government and civil institutions, as well as opinion leaders, influencers and even rulers.

We can all be reproducers of fake news, a problem that is already serious worldwide, but which has deepened with the health contingency derived from the coronavirus. Let's remember what Juan Ramn de la Fuente, Mexico's ambassador to the UN, warned at the time, quoted by The universal, when the situation was not yet so generalized worldwide: epidemic outbreaks, in addition to representing a technical-health problem, can be easily politicized, because the news about these phenomena is generally sensational, and people worry .

In that sense, let's think about how much the presence of fake news has an economic impact. According to a recent report from the company specialized in cybersecurity CHECK and the University of Baltimore, this type of content already represents a cost to the global economy of $ 78 billion annually.