Twitter will start removing false and misleading information about Covid-19 vaccines from next week onwards, the company announced Wednesday.
Tweets subject to removal include those suggesting vaccines "are used to intentionally cause harm to or control populations" as well as "false claims which have been widely debunked about the adverse impacts or effects of receiving vaccinations" and claims that vaccines are unnecessary because "Covid-19 is not real or not serious," Twitter said in a blog post.
The new rules are an expansion of Twitter's existing policies against misinformation about the coronavirus — the company began removing tweets that could cause a "direct risk to people's health or well being" in March and started applying warning labels to other misleading coronavirus tweets in May.
Twitter will also add labels or warnings to tweets that spread "unsubstantiated rumors, disputed claims, as well as incomplete or out-of-context information about vaccines" starting early next year, it said.
Social media sites are gearing up for an uptick in misinformation and disinformation as coronavirus vaccines begin to be administered across the United States and other countries.
Facebook, Twitter and other platforms have their work cut out for them: The coronavirus and Covid-19 vaccines have already been the subject of numerous conspiracy theories. Platforms have scrambled to take action or create policies to combat the spread of coronavirus-related misinformation.