Twitter actively removing dangerous 5G claims and COVID-19 misinformation
On April 7th, Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey donated $1 billion towards global COVID-19 relief efforts, which equates to around 28 percent of his net worth, according to his own tweet.
Yesterday, the social network added to its blog new goals of broadening its guidance on unverified claims. With particular attention to claims that incite people towards dangerous action, that could lead to destruction or damage of "critical infrastructure, or could lead to widespread panic, social unrest, or large-scale disorder."
We have broadened our guidance on unverified claims that incite people to engage in harmful activity, could lead to the destruction or damage of critical 5G infrastructure, or could lead to widespread panic, social unrest, or large-scale disorder.— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) April 22, 2020
YouTube and other social media also announced that content spreading 5G conspiracy theories will be banned, with Facebook announcing the active removal of "false claims which link COVID-19 to 5G technology."
In March, Twitter also started efforts to prioritize the verification of health experts, saying the company is "working with global public health authorities to identify experts." Such individuals get a blue checkmark next to their name in their Twitter profile, signifying that their profile is authentic and trusted.