"Twitter has quietly updated its 'COVID-19 misleading information policy' to impose new sanctions on tweets about vaccines, PCR tests, and health authorities. These sanctions include removing and labeling tweets. Both types of sanctions also result in Twitter users accruing strikes on their account which can lead to a permanent suspension...
One of the most notable changes to this 'COVID-19 misleading information policy' we noticed is related to claims about whether vaccinated people can spread the coronavirus. The policy now states that Twitter will label tweets with 'corrective information' and give users a strike if they:
Claim that 'the vaccines will cause you to be sick, spread the virus, or would be more harmful than getting COVID-19'
Post what Twitter describes as 'false or misleading claims that people who have received the vaccine can spread or shed the virus (or symptoms, or immunity) to unvaccinated people'
This means Twitter users could now be sanctioned for sharing or discussing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) admission that 'vaccinated people can still become infected and have the potential to spread the virus to others.'
Another change is that Twitter will start giving a strike to and labeling the tweets of users that use research and statistical findings to 'make claims contrary to health authorities,' if it decides that their claims 'misrepresent research or statistical findings pertaining to the severity of the disease, prevalence of the virus, or effectiveness of widely accepted preventative measures, treatments, or vaccines.'...
In addition to this, Twitter will give users two strikes and remove their tweets if they claim that 'vaccines approved by health agencies (such as Pfizer’s Comirnaty vaccine in the United States) did not actually receive full approval/authorization, and therefore that the vaccines are untested, ‘experimental’ or somehow unsafe.' This appears to be a reference to criticism of a footnote in the Federal Drug Administration (FDA’s) 'full authorization' documents for the Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) vaccine which revealed that the FDA had extended the emergency-use authorization for the same vaccine.
Furthermore, users that claim that vaccines are part of a 'global surveillance' effort will have their tweets removed and be given two strikes. The introduction of this provision follows vaccine-related surveillance tech, such as vaccine passports, being introduced in many countries.
Some of the other claims that will be sanctioned under Twitter’s updated policy include:
'False or misleading information suggesting that unapproved treatments can be curative of COVID-19' (label and one strike)
'Claims that 'vaccines (in general) are dangerous and the adverse effects that have been covered up by governments/the medical industry' (removal and two strikes)
'Tweets that incite fear or misrepresent the ingredients or contents of COVID-19 vaccines' (label and one strike)
'Tweets that mischaracterize the nature and science behind mRNA vaccines, and how they work' (label and one strike)
'Tweets that claim vaccines alter genetic code' (label and one strike)'
Under Twitter’s current strikes system, two or three strikes results in a 12-hour account lock, four strikes results in a seven-day account lock, and five or more strikes results in a permanent suspension. This means users that have three tweets removed or five tweets labeled under this updated COVID-19 misleading information policy will have their accounts permanently suspended.
And as part of this policy update, Twitter has added new provisions that can result in accounts being permanently suspended, even if they don’t have strikes."
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