In what can be seen as highly relevant news coming from Twitter, where it decided to suspend Tweets which continuously provide wrong information about Covid 19. Yes, it will ban repeated offenders. The move is seen as a long necessitated one and has certainly been welcomed by one and all. The micro-blogging platform namely Tweeter has begun with its measure to strike the accounts which intentionally provide misleading tweets and if the specific tweet reaches minimum of five strikes, then it will result in the suspension of the account.
Considering the gravity of the situation, everyone is supporting the efforts initiated by Twitter as it will instill fear on those who are flouting the rules and regulations.
While the previous year has seen many sort of misinformation which was popularized and Twitter has to be timely removing those Tweets in the interest of the society.
The move has been seen as a way to educate the masses on the prevalent policies of Twitter and the effort will minimize the extent of venomous, harmful and misleading information which has been circulated on Twitter.
There has been a lot of work which Twitter was supposed to do right after the Covid 19 scenario has come into effect. Yes, Twitter has removed whopping 8,400 Tweets while at the same time, it has challenged 11.5 million accounts across the length and breadth of the world.
Every single strike has an action of its own.
- One strike doesn’t entail for any action
Two strikes will lock the account for 12 hours
- Three strikes will lead to an additional 12 hours lock
- Four strikes mean that the account will be locked for 7 days
- Five + strikes signify that the account is going to be permanently banned
Twitter keeps a close watch on the users by both automated as well as human view where they are able to address the content which is in direct violation of Covid 19 vaccine misinformation.
Twitter will begin with the process on English language content in the beginning, and it will expand its purview on other languages over a period of time.
There have been lots of voices which are directly supporting the move as promoting misinformation and that too concerned with highly sensitive issue such as Covid 19 can have stark repercussions.
For example, if a tweet is made which reports of exceptionally high number of deaths than what was the reality, then it will automatically instill fear and threat in the minds of public. People will feel quite shocked for no reason. This sort of tweets is going to be flagged as they potentially disturb the very social fabric of the society as they don’t have any base.
Well, with the move the work of Twitter seems to be less taxing, thanks to the reports of lower frequency of such ill-informed tweets which are going to take in effect as a result of the same.