Twitter’s policy for removing “false or misleading information” about Covid

COVID-19 misleading information policy. Twitter does not believe in free expression and free speech. This is how the policy statement begins.

Overview
November 2021

You may not use Twitter’s services to share false or misleading information about COVID-19 which may lead to harm. 

Even as scientific understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, we’ve observed the emergence of persistent conspiracy theories, alarmist rhetoric unfounded in research or credible reporting, and a wide range of false narratives and unsubstantiated rumors, which left uncontextualized can prevent the public from making informed decisions regarding their health, and puts individuals, families and communities at risk.

Content that is demonstrably false or misleading and may lead to significant risk of harm (such as increased exposure to the virus, or adverse effects on public health systems) may not be shared on Twitter. This includes sharing content that may mislead people about the nature of the COVID-19 virus; the efficacy and/or safety of preventative measures, treatments, or other precautions to mitigate or treat the disease; official regulations, restrictions, or exemptions pertaining to health advisories; or the prevalence of the virus or risk of infection or death associated with COVID-19. 

What is in violation of this policy?

In order for content related to COVID-19 to considered violative under this policy, it must: 

  • advance a claim of fact, expressed in definitive terms; 
  • be demonstrably false or misleading, based on widely available, authoritative sources; and
  • be likely to impact public safety or cause serious harm

Tweet Removal

We may require customers to delete Tweets that are found to violate this policy and are severely harmful. We may also temporarily lock you out of your account before you can Tweet or share information again. These tweets will accrue 2 strikes in accordance with our strike policy stated below. We will require the deletion of Tweets that contain, for example: 

  1. False claims about COVID-19 that invoke a deliberate conspiracy by malicious and/or powerful forces, such as:
    • The pandemic is a hoax, or part of a deliberate attempt at population control, or that 5G wireless technology is causing COVID-19. 
    • COVID-19 is not a real disease.
    • Immunizations are part of a global surveillance, population control or depopulation effort.
    • Vaccines (in general) are dangerous and the adverse effects that have been covered up by governments/the medical industry.
    • Vulnerable groups (such as pregnant women, the elderly, or children) are being experimented on.
    • That COVID-19 vaccines are causing magnetic reactions in individuals who have been vaccinated. 
    • That vaccines approved by health agencies (such as Pfizer’s Comirnaty vaccine in the United States) did not actually receive full approval/authorization, and therefore that the vaccines are untested, “experimental” or somehow unsafe.
  2. Claims that specific groups or people (or other demographically-identifiable identity) are more or less prone to be infected or to develop adverse symptoms on the basis of their membership in that group;
  3. False or misleading claims about potentially harmful and unapproved treatments or preventative measures, for example, that chlorine dioxide or Povidone-iodine can be used as a prophylactic or in the treatment of COVID-19. 
  4. False or misleading information about official regulations, restrictions, or exemptions pertaining to health advisories.
  5. Any efforts to promote, advertise, facilitate the sale of, or provide instructions on how to create fraudulent vaccination cards (or other digital records) or “exemption cards.”
  6. False information about widely accepted testing methodologies, such as that PCR tests are unable to detect the virus.
  7. False claims that suggest that vaccines contain deadly and severely harmful ingredients.
  8. False affiliation – Accounts which misrepresent their affiliation, or share content that falsely represents its affiliation to a medical practitioner, public health official or agency, research institution, or that falsely suggests expertise on COVID-19 issues.

How do those who censor such posts know whether any of the statements made is false? They don’t, of course.

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