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Musk’s Twitter abandons COVID misinfo policy, shirking “huge responsibility”

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COVID-19 misleading information policy
COVID-19 misleading information policy

Twitter, led by billionaire Elon Musk, has abandoned attempts to restrict the spread of harmful COVID-19 disinformation on its platform, dismayed experts who warn incorrect and misleading health information may injure individuals and endanger lives.

To combat disinformation, WHO launched a myth-busting effort, issuing recommendations stating that medical masks do not cause oxygen deprivation and that drinking bleach does not prevent COVID-19 but will surely injure you.

It has a genuine influence on what individuals do and what they choose to do for themselves, their children, and their families.

So, it’s something we take really seriously.”

Yesterday, Musk manufactured a skirmish with Apple after claiming that the tech giant had “mostly stopped” advertising on Twitter and threatened to pull Twitter’s app from its App Store.

“When anyone reaches a position in life where they have so much potential influence over the way information is shared with communities, they take on a huge responsibility,” WHO’s Mike Ryan said earlier this year, referring to Musk’s upcoming takeover of Twitter. ”

As a result, we take it very seriously.”

Musk fabricated a feud with Apple yesterday, claiming that the tech giant had “mostly stopped” advertising on Twitter and threatening to remove the app from its App Store.

“Anyone who reaches a position in life where they have such potential influence over the way information is shared with communities takes on a huge responsibility,” WHO’s Mike Ryan said earlier this year, referring to Musk’s upcoming takeover of Twitter.”

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