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Twitter begins labeling misleading tweets about COVID-19 vaccines

It's also introducing a strike system, where five strikes against its coronavirus misinformation policy results in a permanent account suspension.

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Twitter has removed thousands of misleading tweets about COVID-19 vaccines.

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Twitter has announced it will begin labeling any tweets that may contain misleading information about the COVID-19 vaccine. Since introducing its coronavirus guidance in December, Twitter said Monday it has removed more than 8,400 tweets and challenged 11.5 million accounts across the globe.

Twitter will also begin using a "strike" system where two or three strikes earns you a 12-hour account lock, four strikes gets a week-long account lock and five or more results in a permanent suspension from the social media site. Having a tweet deleted for being misleading will earn you two strikes; being labeled will get you one strike.

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For now, labels are being applied by Twitter employees. In future, twitter says it'll use both automated and human review to determine what tweets violate its COVID-19 misinformation policy.

Twitter is also working on helping users find accurate health information from experts and health authorities.