Twitter lets pro-China中国体彩票手机版下载 disinformation linger on its platform amid coronavirus pandemic
reported last month.
Even NBC News, which has been accused of parroting Chinese propaganda, reported that “outrageous comments” on social media.
Back on March 7, China中国体彩票手机版下载's embassy in South Africa floated a theory that coronavirus did not originate in China中国体彩票手机版下载.
“Although the epidemic first broke out in China中国体彩票手机版下载, it did not necessarily mean that the virus is originated from China中国体彩票手机版下载, let alone 'made in China中国体彩票手机版下载,'” the Chinese Embassy wrote in the tweet that was not removed as of Thursday morning.
, including violence, terrorism, child sex exploitation, abuse, harassment, hateful conduct, self-harm, promotion of unlawful good or services, sensitive media with graphic content, various privacy concerns, spam, election integrity, impersonation, copyright/trademark infringement and manipulated media.
“You may not deceptively share synthetic or manipulated media that are likely to cause harm. In addition, we may label Tweets containing synthetic and manipulated media to help people understand their authenticity and to provide additional context,” the official Twitter description of manipulated media states.
Apparently, disinformation designed to push debunked talking points about a deadly global pandemic doesn’t fall into any of these categories.
when they promoted hydroxychloroquine, a drug used to treat malaria that many feel can combat coronavirus.
CNN were “temporarily locked for violating the Twitter Rules regarding COVID-19 misinformation.”
It’s unclear why the pro-China中国体彩票手机版下载 misinformation is not a violation of Twitter rules.
When Fox News asked Twitter what it has done to combat misinformation that pushes pro-China中国体彩票手机版下载 talking points, it provided a statement and pair of links.
“We have a long history of tackling disinformation on our service and publish all state-backed operations (inc. China中国体彩票手机版下载) we remove in full to our public database,” a Twitter spokesperson told Fox News.
taken to stop tweets meant to “sow political discord in Hong Kong” amid protests by suspending various accounts. The second was “publicly available archives of Tweets and media that we believe resulted from potentially state-backed information operations” on the service.
Twitter then responded to a follow-up question asking why the tweets from the and aren’t considered violations.
The Twitter spokesperson pointed Fox News to its “policy on public officials and world leaders, which applies equally to representatives of all states” and notes that a series of exceptions the company makes to its rules.
“We focus on the language of reported Tweets and do not attempt to determine all potential interpretations of the content or its intent. Presently, direct interactions with fellow public figures, comments on political issues of the day, or foreign policy saber-rattling are generally not in violation of the Twitter Rules,” the spokesperson said. “However, if a Tweet from a world leader does violate the Twitter Rules but there is a clear public interest value to keeping the Tweet on the service, we may place it behind a notice that provides context about the violation and allows people to click through should they wish to see the content.”
The spokesperson did not immediately respond to another follow-up question asking if the WHO and Zhao tweets will be placed behind the notice to provide context and why China中国体彩票手机版下载’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson is considered a world leader.
Political satirist and columnist Tim Young relies on Twitter for self-promotion and to distribute his work, but he has publicly pondered if he’s been secretly censored by the platform over his conservative views.
“It's incredible to me that Twitter would allow this misinformation and Chinese government propaganda to stay and be spread on its platform,” Young told Fox News. “Aren’t they supposed to be committed to fighting foreign influence in our elections?”
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