Twitter will label misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine and enforce an alert system

   Repeatedly sharing false information can lead to your account being locked outTwitter on Monday announced that it would begin labeling tweets sharing false information about the COVID-19 vaccine. The labels will include links to relevant information from official agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Twitter plans to enforce a 5-warning system against repeat offenders that may lead to Account is locked and permanently suspended.

  The new labels are similar to Facebook's anti-misinformation banners or labels that Twitter started rolling out early in the pandemic. They appear as text below misleading tweets, with links to information from official Twitter sources or rules. Twitter says it adopts these labels through a combination of automated and human rating systems and will begin rolling out English content first.

   Twitter has specific criteria for labeling in its COVID-19 misleading information policy, but overall, the company targets five categories of misleading or misleading information:

   False information about the nature of the virus

   Misinformation about the effectiveness of treatments for patients as well as preventive measures

   Misinformation about rules, restrictions and exemptions regarding health advice

   Misinformation about virus prevalence, risk of infection or death caused by virus

   Misleading links (e.g. claiming to be a doctor or public health official)

   The labels also incorporate a new attack system for the COVID-19 misinformation. A harmful, labeled tweet is considered a warning. If Twitter identifies the misinformation as especially dangerous when questioning COVID-19 treatments and devises a larger conspiracy involving the virus (like the idea that vaccines include microchips) to follow (by everyone), the company can also delete this tweet, which counts as two strikes) From there, account-level alerts are accumulated, causing various actions from Twitter.
   Labeling is part of a larger strategy to combat the misinformation Twitter used in the 2020 election, adding labels to tweets from politicians - including the former president - as they include includes inaccurate information. While labels seem helpful, they don't necessarily prevent people from sharing information. Keeping the real penalty like suspension until there are five bad tweets also means that misinformation can be spread with just some text as a warning.
   You can see Twitter's different penalties for the different number of alerts below:
   One warning: no account-level action

   Two warnings: 12-hour account lockout

   Three warnings: Account locked for 12 hours

   Four warnings: 7-day account lockout

   Five warnings or more: permanent suspension