Twitter stops enforcing Covid-19 misinformation policy
On March 30, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said: “Our data from the CDC today suggest that vaccinated people do not carry the virus.” A few days later, Dr. Walensky walks back her claim that vaccinated people do not carry covid adding that the “The Evidence Isn’t Clear.”
The CDC Director is not alone. Even President Biden made similar remarks during a CNN town hall event in 2021. Even CNN admitted that Biden’s statement on the vaccine is false. In a piece titled, “Biden makes false claims about Covid-19, auto prices and other subjects at CNN town hall,” Biden said:
“If you’re vaccinated, you’re not going to be hospitalized, you’re not going to be in the ICU unit and you’re not going to die.” In another exchange moments later, Biden said that even if vaccinated people do “catch the virus,” they are “not likely to get sick.”
Biden didn’t stop there. During another exchange, Biden said that since the vaccines “cover” the highly transmissible Delta variant of the virus:
“You’re not going to get Covid if you have these vaccinations.”
Fast forward to 2022, it is now a proven fact that vaccinated people do get sick, spread the virus, and some even died. In fact, the Washington Post reported last week that “vaccinated people now make up a majority of covid deaths.”
Last year, Biden said that unvaccinated Americans faced a winter of “severe illness and death.” He added that the unvaccinated would soon “overwhelm” hospitals. Unfortunately, that didn’t age well and now the data is out and it’s not making the president look good.
You may be wondering what these have to do with Twitter’s misinformation policy. In the past two years alone, Twitter de-platformed and suspended thousands of accounts for making similar remarks as the CDC and the President of the United States.
At the beginning of the pandemic in early 2020, Twitter introduced a number of measures including warning messages and labels on tweets with disputed information from the government and other reliable sources about vaccine misinformation and other health crisis. The social giant also removed users’ tweets that were deemed harmful or contradicted the information from so-called reliable sources.
But looking back at the claims made by our government officials, it’s now proven those statements were inaccurate and qualified to be called misinformation.
As such, the social giant announced today that it is no longer enforcing the COVID-19 misleading information policy.
“Effective November 23, 2022, Twitter is no longer enforcing the COVID-19 misleading information policy,” according to an update on its blog page.
Twitter added: “As the global community faces the COVID-19 pandemic together, Twitter is helping people find reliable information, connect with others, and follow what’s happening in real-time.”
The move also comes a month after Elon Musk paid $44 billion for the company. Since then, Musk has a made number of other changes and fired at least 75% of the company’s total workforce.
Meanwhile, below is a list of the “Experts™ misinformation.” Hats off to Twitter user Kyle Becker for sharing this.
Now, that Twitter ended 'Covid misinformation' policies, let's review the Experts™ misinformation:
1. 15 days to slow the spread
2. Masks work
3. Lockdowns work
4. Natural immunity is a myth
5. mRNA shots are vaccines
6. Covid shots stop transmission
7. '100% safe & effective'
— Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) November 29, 2022