“In the context of a global pandemic, vaccine misinformation is an important and growing public health challenge – and we all have a role to play,” the company said. “We aim to reduce misleading information that has the greatest potential harm to people’s health and well-being.”
As mentioned above, today’s policy builds on rules that Twitter first announced in March. At the time, the company added a COVID-19 hub to its Explore tab with information from public health authorities such as the World Health Organization. In May, it then began tagging tweets with misleading information about the pandemic. However, not all of the company’s policies have been successful, with conspiracy theories from the likes of QAnon managing to make their way onto the platform and other social media sites.