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.

But one expert fears moderators will be overwhelmed and asked how much notice people would take of the warnings.

Some may even see warnings on tweets as “a mark of pride”, he suggested.

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

In a tweet responding to questions about the changes, 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”.

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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BBC News – May 12, 2020.

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