Twitter To Fight Misinformation By Verifying Health Experts

This is likely to curb the spread of misinformation considering health experts will give more authentic and apt information, making more people aware of it.

Microblogging website Twitter, in a bid to deliver more authentic information to users regarding coronavirus, is said to bring back public-facing verification requests specifically for health experts on the platform.

This is likely to curb the spread of misinformation considering health experts will give more authentic and apt information, making more people aware of it.

Twitter’s announcement comes right in the middle of the coronavirus outbreak. It is not the only social media platform to take such steps though.

Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Google, Microsoft, Apple, and others have already taken steps to make more people aware of it.

“PSA about what we’re doing to Verify Twitter accounts that are providing credible updates around #COVID19: we are working with global public health authorities to identify experts and have already Verified hundreds of accounts, but there’s more to do and we could use your help,” the company tweeted on Saturday.

Twitter has already started barring users from posting misleading information about COVID 19 including denials of expert guidance and encouragement of fake treatments, tightening its normally lax rules around speech, as per a report by Reuters.

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The microblogging website will now place any misleading information as a violation of their policies. It has also mentioned some other examples (tweets) that it will consider as a violation.

When a user makes a search about coronavirus on Twitter, he/she will also be shown links to WHO and the local health ministry website for more up to date information about the pandemic.

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