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Twitter admits it went too far with ‘5G causes COVID-19’ fact-check labels

Twitter admits it went too far with '5G causes COVID-19' fact-check labels

Even Twitter admits it was too heavy-handed with its misinformation labels for posts about COVID-19, especially those about the unproven connection between coronavirus infections and 5G cellular connectivity. 

A Twitter Support thread on Friday explained how back in April the platform started highlighting potentially misleading posts around coronavirus and inaccurate causes of the infectious disease. But Twitter’s efforts might’ve gone too far.

“Not all of those Tweets had potentially misleading content associating COVID-19 and 5G,” Twitter admitted.

To show context about these topics where it’s likely to be useful, we’re building new automated capabilities to apply these labels to Tweets we think could be relevant.

As we improve this process to be more precise, our goal is to show fewer labels on unrelated Tweets. (4/4)

— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) June 26, 2020 Read more…

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