Twitter cracks down on coronavirus vaccine misinformation

Twitter said Wednesday it will begin labeling and removing posts with false claims about coronavirus vaccines during the coming weeks as efforts to vaccinate front-line workers across the country are underway.

The social media platform said it will expand its existing policies regarding coronavirus misinformation to include posts that “advance harmful, false or misleading narratives” about the COVID-19 vaccinations. Those posts will be labeled and the platform said it may require users to remove such tweets.

Posts subject to the new policy include ones that falsely claim vaccines are used to “intentionally cause harm” or tweets that spread widely debunked claims about the adverse effects of receiving vaccinations, Twitter said in a blog post.

Twitter said it will start enforcing the updated policy Monday, and expand its actions in the following weeks.