Twitter broadens its definition of harm for stricter moderation of content about COVID-19

After joining hands with tech giants like Google, Microsoft and others on Wednesday, Twitter has now increased moderation of misinformation surrounding COVID-19. As part of its expanded safety rules, the firm tweeted that it will now require people to remove tweets that will put others at a higher risk of transmitting the disease.

This includes content that is a denial of expert guidance or established scientific facts. Not only this, but misleading content claiming to be from authentic sources are also included. Content that encourages people to use fake or ineffective treatments, preventions, and diagnostic techniques also comes under the banner. All of these measures, including many others are a part of Twitter's expanded definition of harm.

Twitter has claimed that its approach to protecting the public conversation is not static. Considering this, the site will review its policies daily and share updates regarding the same.

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