Twitter will start blocking “wrong” opinions about sanctions and events in Ukraine

Written By O. Love

This is the new social media policy

Twitter announced a new tweet moderation policy “to combat misinformation in crisis situations,” which primarily concerns the Russian “special operation” in Ukraine.

According to the company, the new rules are being rolled out around the world and are aimed at slowing down the spread of what Twitter calls misinformation that could cause “serious harm” during humanitarian emergencies.

The new Twitter policy will begin with law enforcement related to the fighting in Ukraine, and then it is planned to expand to other types of crises: public health and natural disasters.

Once Twitter has evidence that the statement is misleading, it will stop its distribution on the platform. The social network will also prioritize adding warnings to relevant tweets or tweets from high-profile accounts and disable “likes”, “retweets” and “shares” for such content.

The new rules are as follows:

  • False coverage or reporting of events, or information that misrepresents conditions on the ground as the conflict develops;

  • False claims regarding the use of force, intrusion into territorial sovereignty or around the use of weapons;

  • Manifestly false or misleading allegations of war crimes or mass atrocities against specific populations;

  • False information about the international community’s response, sanctions, defensive actions, or humanitarian operations.

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