According to foreign media CNET, Twitter have removed more than 1100 misleading and potentially harmful tweets since March 18。 Novel coronavirus was released by the company, which banned the publication of new coronaviruses. Twitter also said its automated system has challenged more than 1.5 million accounts that exploit spam or manipulation, aimed at discussions around covid-19, a respiratory disease caused by a virus. The new data comes at a time when the social media company is facing criticism for not doing enough to fight the coronavirus scam.
Twitter declined to provide deleted tweets, the company has been removing celebrities including the presidents of Brazil and Venezuela since March 18. On sunday, the company deleted two tweets from brazilian president bosonaro, including a video of the politician questioning social isolation measures. Last week, the company deleted a tweet from Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro suggesting "natural beer" as a potential therapy for coronavirus.
Twitter also deleted a tweet from U.S. President Donald Trump's private lawyer, Rudy Giuliani (Rudy Giuliani), which spread false information about coronavirus and temporarily locked the lawyer's account. Julianne tweeted conservative, activist Charlie Kirk (Charlie Kirk), who wrongly claimed that "hydroxychloroquine has proven to be 100% efficient for COVID-19". According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, clinical trials are still needed to prove the drug's effectiveness.
Despite efforts to contain the false information of coronavirus, some posts containing misleading new coronavirus content still appear on the platform. The New York Times reported in early March that dozens of videos, photos and posts containing coronavirus information are still popping up on the social media. Twitter is also allowed to keep tweets on its website about racist and xenophobic comments by Asians.
A tweet from Tesla CEO and co-founder Elon Musk was also retained, saying that COVID-19" children are basically immune ". Children can be infected with the virus, but Twitter did not delete Musk's tweets because the company thought what he said was not "deterministic" enough to be false.
Under Twitter's new guidance, the social network banned tweets that violated local and global health authorities' recommendations, or encouraged the use of ineffective or harmful treatments. Some of the examples twitter offers include tweets that say "social alienation doesn't work" and "if you hold your breath for 10 seconds, there's no coronavirus.". The company is cracking down on other types of false information, including the misconception that specific groups such as Asians are more susceptible to covid-19.