Long-term efforts Twitter-a in the fight against misinformation about the corona virus is at an end, at least for now.
Twitter started dealing with misinformation about the corona in January 2020
The company stopped enforcing its coronavirus disinformation policy on November 23. It is still not clear if they will Twitter reinstate any account that was banned for spreading misinformation as part of the planned amnesty announced by Musk. However, it indicates that the company will no longer block users or delete content that includes falsehoods about the coronavirus or vaccines.
Twitter started dealing with misinformation about the corona in January 2020, as the virus began to spread globally. Since then Twitter banned over 11,200 accounts, selected over 97,600 examples of fake content. Indian-origin surgeon Vivek Murthy pointed to politics Twitter-a as an example of how other technology platforms can fight fake medical news.
Musk has constantly expressed his opposition to bans and some security measures that are used in the fight against the corona virus. Tesla has defied pandemic shutdowns by keeping factories open despite the measures.
Also, Musk stated during the earnings call in April 2020 that such measures actually represent “forcible confinement of people”. Musk supports vaccination but at the same time opposes the introduction of measures against the corona virus.
Twitter has fired a number of people who were dedicated to uncovering inappropriate and prohibited content. Musk fired a team dedicated to combating child sexual abuse material (CSAM) as part of the layoffs. He reduced the team from approximately 20 employees to less than 10 people.
Twitter could now run into legal trouble as it is often required by law to remove harmful material. UK Internet Safety Act allows regulators to fine companies if they don’t quickly remove offensive content.
The layoffs are big. Twitter now has a limited ability to defend against bots and other fake accounts. Twitter has struggled to reduce and regulate spam obscuring news of Chinese protests after Musk fired Twitter-ov stop anti-propaganda.
Source: PC Press by pcpress.rs.
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