Misinformation: tech companies are removing ‘harmful’ coronavirus content – but who decides what that means?

Stephanie Baker, Matthew Wade, Michael Walsh

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Abstract

The “infodemic” of misinformation about coronavirus has made it difficult to distinguish accurate information from false and misleading advice. The major technology companies have responded to this challenge by taking the unprecedented move of working together to combat misinformation about COVID-19.

Part of this initiative involves promoting content from government healthcare agencies and other authoritative sources, and introducing measures to identify and remove content that could cause harm. For example, Twitter has broadened its definition of harm to address content that contradicts guidance from authoritative sources of public health information.
Original languageEnglish
Pages1-3
Number of pages3
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation Media Group
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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