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Twitter to Permanently Ban Users for Spreading Vaccine Misinformation

Twitter says it will permanently ban users who consistently spread falsehoods about the coronavirus vaccine.

The social media giant said Monday it has started applying labels to tweets “that may contain misleading information about COVID-19 vaccines” in addition to its overall effort to remove “the most harmful” misleading COVID-19 information in general.

The label for offending tweets reads, “This tweet may be misleading. Find out why health officials consider COVID-19 vaccines safe for most people.”

The corrective tweet may link to curated content, public health information or Twitter’s rules. Twitter revealed it has removed more than 8,400 tweets and challenged 11.5 million accounts throughout the world since December over fallacious coronavirus information.

Offenders will be notified by the company of violations. The five strikes against repeat offenders of misinformation are:

• No account-level action
• Account locked for 12 hours
• Account locked for another 12 hours
• Account locked for seven days
• Permanent suspension

Twitter says it has removed more than 8,400 tweets and challenged 11.5 million accounts worldwide since it began cracking down on coronavirus misinformation in December.

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