Twitter changes Covid-19 policy and grants “general amnesty” for previously suspended accounts.

According to an update that was published on the platform's Covid-19 transparency page a week ago, Twitter has announced that it would no longer enforce its policy on the dissemination of false information about the coronavirus. This action was taken after the company's new owner, Elon Musk, offered a "universal amnesty" for accounts that had been previously suspended.

The policy intended to combat "harmful" misleading posts about the coronavirus, government policies aimed at curbing its spread, and vaccines related to it was initially developed in 2020 in response to the outbreak of Covid-19. Its purpose was to combat "harmful" misleading posts about the coronavirus.

Users who broke the regulation earned a strike on their account. Following two or three warnings, their accounts were locked out for a period of twelve hours. After receiving four strikes, users would be kept off of the site for a week, and repeat offenders who received five or more would be permanently prohibited from using the network.

Between January 2020 and September 2022, the moderators of Twitter challenged over 11.72 million accounts, and they suspended more than 11,000 for breaching the rule. These numbers were provided by Twitter itself. In accordance with the rules, they also removed approximately 100,000 pieces of material from throughout the globe.

The comprehensive moderation strategy turned into a point of contention in the discussion. Others felt that this was an unacceptable restriction on people's rights to express themselves freely while others advocated for further filtering of messages that were regarded to be damaging.

Following his acquisition of Twitter for $44 billion a month ago, Elon Musk has implemented a number of significant changes at the company. These include the termination of nearly two-thirds of the company's workforce as well as significant reductions in the size of the site's moderation and management teams.

After running a vote on Twitter, in which more than 72.4% of the 3.1 million people who responded approved the decision, the billionaire also threatened to offer a "universal amnesty" to an undefined number of banned accounts prior to Thanksgiving. He did this after the poll was completed.

The social networking site has been accused of having the potential to rapidly develop into a breeding ground for extremism of the right wing, hate speech, and false information. Musk, on the other hand, has been certain that he wants Twitter to evolve into a fair playing field and a stronghold of free speech where users can peacefully discuss their views on a broad variety of subjects.

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