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Twitter announces plan to remove coronavirus vaccine misinformation

Twitter joins Facebook and YouTube in their efforts to mitigate the spread of misinformation

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Updated: December 17, 2020 - 12:02pm

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Twitter says it will start removing user posts that convey misinformation about the coronavirus vaccine. 

Among posts that will be removed include those about the virus being fake; claims about false, harmful effects of receiving the vaccine; and claims that the vaccine is being used to control people.

The new policy was announced Wednesday will go into effect next week, according to a twitter.com blog post.

If an individual sends a tweet in violation of the new policy, they will be required to delete it before they can tweet again. The offending tweet will be hidden from view, even prior to deletion.

The new policy arrives as the U.S. and other countries begin to roll out coronavirus vaccines to bring the pandemic to an end. With that rollout have come a number of conspiracy theories about the harmful effects of the vaccine that Big Tech companies are seeking to mitigate.

Facebook and YouTube have also said they will remove misinformation about the vaccine from their platforms.