The move to cut down on the amount of misinformation and ‘unverified claims Twitter have started banning all posts as well as comments causing panic and encouraging conspiracy theorists to attack 5G telecommunication masts over allegations it’s behind the Coronavirus outbreak.
The microblogging and social networking service said, We have broadened our guidance on unverified claims that incite people to engage in harmful activity, could lead to the destruction or damage of critical 5G infrastructure, or could lead to widespread panic, social unrest, or large-scale disorder.
The faster mobile internet technology is currently being rolled out across the UK but well-known conspiracy theorists such as David Icke have promoted the false idea that it poses a risk to people’s health.
Twitter safety team added, it was refining its policy to deal with the latest incidents that 5G internet is somehow linked to the outbreak. .
‘It will remove “unverified claims” that could lead to the destruction or damage of critical infrastructure, “widespread panic, social unrest, or large-scale disorder.”
“These include tweets that falsely tell people food is running out or that 5G wireless causes coronavirus, the San Francisco firm said.
Over the Easter weekend, 20 incidents were recorded, including a suspected arson attack on a Telecommunication mast in east London as well as one serving Birmingham’s Nightingale Hospital.
Twitter last month also decided to remove tweets that promote fake coronavirus treatments like ‘drinking bleach’, conspiracy theories that claim it’s ‘propaganda for soap companies’ and posts that deny scientific facts.