5 hits and you’re out! The new Twitter system will try to contain misinformation

Two restrictions: 12-hour account lockout. What about 3 or more strikes?

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5 hits and you’re out!  The new Twitter system will try to contain misinformation
5 hits and you’re out! The new Twitter system will try to contain misinformation

Original note on PCMag

Twitter is taking action against the spread of misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine. Along with the new tags for potentially misleading tweets, the social network has introduced a new strike system that could result in a permanent suspension.

Twitter began removing tweets containing falsehoods about the coronavirus in March 2020, especially posts that can cause serious harm. Warning signs and messages were then posted to provide “additional context” for discussions about the novel coronavirus.

“Our goal with these product interventions is to provide people with additional context and authoritative information about COVID-19,” wrote the Twitter security team in a Blog ad. Now are the team members Watch out for prohibited tweets, which may contain a tag referring to selected content, official public health information, and Twitter rules. However, the application does not end there.

Each violation grants the user another blow and the associated punishment:

  • A hit: No action at the account level
  • Two strikes: 12 hour account lock
  • Three strikes: 12 hour account lock
  • Four hits: Seven days account suspension
  • Five or more strikes: Permanent exposure

“We believe the strike system will help educate the public about our policies and further reduce the spread of potentially harmful and misleading information,” the blog said. “Mainly because of the repeated moderate and severe violations of our rules.”

But it’s about more than just the hammer. Twitter has partnered with various local, national, and global health authorities to disseminate trustworthy information, answer public questions, and promote healthy conversation.

“As health officials deepen their understanding of COVID-19 and vaccination programs around the world, we will continue to build on the most current, up-to-date and authoritative information,” Twitter said. “We are all in this together, and we will continue to keep you informed of our progress as we strive to play our role in protecting public conversation at this critical time.”

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