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Twitter to label COVID-19 fake news

These labels will link to a Twitter-curated page or external trusted source containing additional information on the claims made within the Tweet. 

Twitter has started putting warning messages on tweets containing misleading information about Covid-19.

And it confirmed US President Donald Trump, who has previously suggested injecting disinfectants could help cure coronavirus, would be subject to the new rules, the BBC said.

In a blog, Twitter said it wanted to “limit the spread of potentially harmful and misleading content” around the coronavirus.

Twitter’s head of site integrity, Yoel Roth, said the policy would “apply to anyone sharing misleading information that meets the requirement of our policy, including world leaders”.

He said our goal is to make it easy to find credible information on Twitter and to limit the spread of potentially harmful and misleading content.

A link to a Twitter-curated page or external trusted source containing additional information will be added to offending tweets, and in some cases, readers will be warned the tweet conflicts with expert opinion.

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