Here’s how Twitter will penalize tweets with false information about vaccines
From now on Twitter will follow a new protocol, where it will start by labeling tweets as false information and will even go up to the permanent suspension of the account if the user relapses numerous times.
Twitter gets serious and does it to protect users from the numerous fake news surrounding the issue of vaccines on its social network. From now on you will have a protocol that will be followed step by step depending on the behavior of the users.
The changes to its policy against misleading information are now official and are displayed on the official Twitter blog. The social network of the blue bird has created an action protocol that consists of 5 steps, ranging from a simple notice, to the total account suspension.
What Jack Dorsey’s social network seeks is to stop the misinformation that exists regarding vaccines. The truth is that this is the next step of something similar that the social network launched a few weeks ago. Misinformation about vaccines was already criminalized, however, its new rules are much stricter and more direct.
It is not strange to see that many users search for information on Twitter and want to know in that social network the different points of view that surround the same topic. Right now, worldwide, the most recurrent themes are the pandemic, the coronavirus and the Covid-19 vaccine.
Jack Dorsey is fully aware of the number of users who visit his social network every day in search of information and where they often come across fake news. Since the introduction of their first measures against vaccine misinformation, they have deleted more than 8,400 tweets and put more than 11.5 million accounts under surveillance worldwide.
With the new method, they believe that “the dissemination of potentially harmful and misleading information will be further reduced.” The system consists of 5 steps where it will be the administrators who decide if that tweet violates the rules or not:
- 1 notice: no action at the account level.
- 2 prompts: 12 hour account lockout.
- 3 prompts: 12 hour account lockout.
- 4 notices: 7-day account lockout.
- 5 or more notices: permanent account suspension.
When a tweet is detected as misinformation propaganda, You will see a notice when you open the tweet very similar to the one shown below:
Retweeting will not be allowed, What you will see is that some of those ad labels link Twitter Moments with official public health information from the country where you are viewing it.
The social network comments that machine learning for this feature is going to take a while, as well as automated language processing. Add, that for now only managed by humans and that it will be in English, although the new protocol will be extended to other countries and languages.
It seems that Twitter wants to get the batteries in many aspects and not only in educate your audience to avoid misinformation, but to offer a possible monetization of the profiles on the social network, although everything is still up in the air.