Twitter once had a policy in place that would not allow misinformation regarding COVID-19 but that has ended.
Health experts are concerned that this could have major consequences including discouraging the vaccine as well as other efforts that help prevent the virus.
According to CNY Central the change was noticed on Monday night. The change to Twitter’s rules stated “Effective November 23, 2022, Twitter is no longer enforcing the COVID-19 misleading information policy.”
The change was made once Elon Musk purchased the social media platform. Those who felt that their freedom of speech had been suppressed from the policy have rejoiced.
Whether misinformation spreads or not, one thing is certain; the virus is still spreading. Luckily the current rates are much lower than they were last winter. Many believe the numbers may be lower because of less testing and reporting.
Even though Twitter had previously not allowed misinformation regarding COVID, their system was not perfect and things like home remedies and other misleading content could still be found.
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