Twitter recently announced a new policy to prevent alleged “misinformation,” stating that tweets containing what it considers false information during an active crisis will be hidden on the platform.
The Verge reports that Twitter announced a new policy on Thursday aiming to fight what it labels misinformation on the platform during an active crisis. The company has established new standards for blocking or hiding certain tweets if they are believed to contain misinformation.
Yoel Roth, Twitter’s left-wing head of safety and integrity, said in a blog post detailing the policy: “Content moderation is more than just leaving up or taking down content and we’ve expanded the range of actions we may take to ensure they’re proportionate to the severity of the potential harm.”
The new policy will put larger scrutiny on false reporting of events, false allegations relating to weapons or use of force, and broader misinformation relating to atrocities and international responses. It is not uncommon for hoax tweets and misinformation to go viral during emergencies as users attempt to share unverified information.- READ MORE