Mar 2, 2021

Anti-Covid vaccine tweets face five-strikes ban policy

Twitter is to ban users who repeatedly tweet harmful misinformation about Covid-19 vaccines. YouTube already operates its own three-strikes system, which was extended in October to cover claims about vaccines that contradict "Expert consensus". Since the beginning of the pandemic, conspiracy influencers have grown huge followings on social media by repeatedly sharing falsehoods about vaccines. Twitter has repeatedly committed to tackling harmful misinformation - but it will take some time to see whether this updated strike system results in those repeat offenders having their accounts removed. While many of those influencers sharing vaccine mistruths in the UK have already been suspended from the site, accounts of those in the US - central to this disinformation ecosystem that repeatedly distorts stories about the vaccine - remain live at this time.

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