Twitter plans to label misleading coronavirus tweets, even if they’re from Trump
Twitter started on Monday to put labels and warning messages on some tweets that contain disputed or misleading information related to coronavirus pandemic, even if they are tweeted by U.S. President Donald Trump, CNN reported.
In March, Twitter announced that it would remove coronavirus tweets that could cause a “direct risk to people’s health or well-being.”
As of Monday, Twitter will use labels and warning messages “to provide additional explanations or clarifications in situations where the risks of harm associated with a Tweet are less severe but where people may still be confused or misled by the content.”
Trump, possibly Twitter’s most prolific user, will also be subject to the rules, Yoel Roth, Twitter’s head of site integrity, tweeted.
“These labels will apply to anyone sharing misleading information that meets the requirements of our policy, including world leaders,” Roth added in response to a question about how the policy would apply to Trump and other elected officials.
Our goal is to make it easy for people to find credible information on Twitter. Today, we're introducing new labels and warning messages on harmful misleading information — beginning with misleading discussions about #COVID19. https://t.co/dfGW5W3ffp
— Yoel Roth (@yoyoel) May 11, 2020