As vaccines roll out across the world, Twitter wants to tackle related misinformation by introducing a new strike system. The company said repeat offenders – accounts with five strikes against them – will be permanently banned.
Last December, Twitter said it start deleting tweets with misinformation related to coronavirus vaccines; the company said today that it has deleted 8,400 such messages to date.
Starting today, the social network will begin tagging tweets with vaccine misinformation. They will also indicate organized content related to COVID-19 vaccines in the local context.
First, human moderators will do this work and the data will be used to train the company’s machine learning algorithms. Ultimately, Twitter wants to use a combination of human and automated moderators.
Here’s how the system will work:
- A warning: no action at the account level
- Two warnings: account lockout for 12 hours
- Three warnings: Account lockout for 12 hours
- Four warnings: account lockout for 7 days
- Five or more strikes: permanent suspension
Twitter said that initially it was looking to verify content in English with extension to other languages and cultural contexts in the coming months.
However, it’s unclear whether the company will monitor tweets in predominantly English-speaking countries like the US or the UK. We have asked Twitter for clarification and will update the story if we have any news.
Twitter is a bit late for the party. Facebook first announced its ban on misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine in December and expanded its list of false claims in February.
You can check out Twitter’s rules for COVID-19 disinformation here.
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Published March 2, 2021 – 08:20 UTC