Twitter warns users it will censor or ban them for claiming vaccinated people can spread COVID-19

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Left-wing social media behemoth Twitter has announced the platform will begin censoring or even banning users who claim that people vaccinated for COVID-19 can still spread the disease, even though federal health experts have suggested it is possible.

The change appears to have been added to the platform’s terms of service in early December.

“When tweets include misleading information about Covid-19, we may place a label on those tweets that include corrective information about that claim,” the platform posted in a section detailing policies and rules regarding alleged COVID-19 misinformation.

“We may apply labels to tweets that contain, for example… false or misleading claims that people who have received the vaccine can spread or shed the virus (or symptoms, or immunity) to unvaccinated people.”

Repeat offenders face a permanent ban, according to the policy change which was issued on Dec. 2, per Wayback Machine archives that were retrieved by Reclaim the Net.

“You may not use Twitter’s services to share false or misleading information about COVID-19 which may lead to harm,” the site states, adding:

Even as scientific understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, we’ve observed the emergence of persistent conspiracy theories, alarmist rhetoric unfounded in research or credible reporting, and a wide range of unsubstantiated rumors, which left uncontextualized can prevent the public from making informed decisions regarding their health, and puts individuals, families and communities at risk.

Content that is demonstrably false or misleading and may lead to significant risk of harm (such as increased exposure to the virus, or adverse effects on public health systems) may not be shared on Twitter. This includes sharing content that may mislead people about the nature of the COVID-19 virus; the efficacy and/or safety of preventative measures, treatments, or other precautions to mitigate or treat the disease; official regulations, restrictions, or exemptions pertaining to health advisories; or the prevalence of the virus or risk of infection or death associated with COVID-19. In addition, we may label Tweets which share misleading information about COVID-19 to reduce their spread and provide additional context.

The policy appears to be a contradiction of information put out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stating that the “risk for SARS-CoV-2 infection in fully vaccinated people cannot be completely eliminated as long as there is continued community transmission of the virus.”

“Early data suggest infections in fully vaccinated persons are more commonly observed with the Delta variant than with other SARS-CoV-2 variants,” the CDC continues. “However, data show fully vaccinated persons are less likely than unvaccinated persons to acquire SARS-CoV-2, and infections with the Delta variant in fully vaccinated persons are associated with less severe clinical outcomes.

The CDC notes further: “Infections with the Delta variant in vaccinated persons potentially have reduced transmissibility than infections in unvaccinated persons, although additional studies are needed.”

Jon Dougherty


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