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Twitter Flags Limits Sharing On Trump Tweet About Being Immune To Coronavirus

Twitter Flags Limits Sharing On Trump Tweet About Being Immune To Coronavirus. According to The Verge, Twitter violated the platform’s rules against sharing coronavirus misinformation. The platform disabled some sharing options on a tweet from President Trump’s on Sunday and tagged it for violating its rules against spreading coronavirus misinformation.

Twitter Flags Limits Sharing On Trump Tweet About Being Immune To Coronavirus

President Trump said in the tweet “ A total and complete sign off from White House Doctors yesterday. That means I can’t get it ( Immune ) and can’t give it. Very nice to know.”

The tweet is still available for those who click through the warning, in keeping with Twitter’s position that keeping tweets from elected officials visible is in the public interest.  And also, attempts to share the tweet bring up an alert that reads “ We don’t try to prevent a tweet like that otherwise breaks the Twitter rules from reaching more people.”  However, the labeled tweet is still able to be quote-tweeted.

Twitter Flags Limits Sharing On Trump Tweet About Being Immune To Coronavirus

President Trump’s assertion that he’s now “immune” since he already contracted the virus is likely what got the tweet flagged since there have been documented cases of coronavirus patients becoming reinfected. Someone in Nevada had covid-19 in march then recovered in April only to fall ill again in May.  However, the first documented case of coronavirus reinfection occurred in Hong Kong, where the patient showed no symptoms the second time around.

“A person who has and recovered from covid-19 may have low levels of virus in their bodies for up to three months after diagnosis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site has limited important info for reinfections.

According to a Twitter spokesperson, it was not the first time the platform has disabled sharing on a tweet by the president that contains incorrect info. Apart from updating its policies last month that it will label or remove tweets with false info about election rigging and results. The social media platform also said it would label post from candidates prematurely declaring victory. Twitter said back in March that it was taking a zero-tolerance approach to covid-19 misinformation on its platform.

The previous week updates tightened the rules around spreading false information, and encourage people to quote-tweet and add their own commentary to tweets before retweeting someone. However, the update includes plans to remove tweets meant to incite interference in the election results, and tweets from political figures with over 100,000 followers, this includes Trump- labeled as misleading” are now more difficult to access.

The platform has labeled several of President Trump’s tweets for violating its policy on manipulated media and civic and election integrity for tweeting falsehood about mail-in voting.

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