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Twitter ends policy on managing fake news about Covid
The giant Twitter ended the policy to fight against false information related to the coronavirus pandemic. According to the official announcement, the company is not taking action against posts that violate the regulations established regarding news about this virus.
Previously, Twitter reported that by September it had suspended more than 11,000 accounts for spreading false information about COVID, the disease caused by the coronavirus.
Meanwhile, other disinformation policies continue to apply. In a COVID-specific policy, Twitter suspended for several hours, and in other cases permanently, the accounts of those who repeatedly posted fake news about the coronavirus. After buying it for $44 billion, the world's richest man, Elon Musk, vowed to turn Twitter into a space for free expression.
The new coronavirus was first reported in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. Due to the high number of cases of infections and fatalities, the World Health Organization, WHO declared it a pandemic on March 11, 2020. More than 6.5 million people have died since the outbreak of the pandemic globally. Meanwhile, the United States of America leads by registering the highest number of victims, followed by India and Brazil.
In recent weeks, there have been unusual national protests in China against restrictive measures to protect against COVID, but they were suppressed by the Chinese authorities. Demonstrations began last week in protest after a fire broke out in the western Chinese city of Urumqi, killing 10 people.
Protesters said the consequences would not have been so tragic if people had managed to leave in time, but that anti-Covid restrictions made that impossible. On the other hand, Chinese officials reject this claim. In addition to an end to pandemic restrictions, the protests also included rare calls for the Asian nation's leader, Xi Jinping, to resign. China is known to have a policy of zero coronavirus cases, which includes long quarantines and frequent testing. In fact, it is among the last countries in the world to practice such measures to manage the consequences of the virus.