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Twitter adds labels to misleading Covid-19 tweets

Twitter is adding labels to misleading tweets about Covid-19.

The micro-blogging site announced this week that they will be putting warnings next messages which are essentially fake news and users will be sent straight to a page with resources which highlights the real facts surrounding the messages.

Those wanting to read such tweets will have to click if they want to view it.

Such posts will be labeled with the tag: "Get the facts about COVID-19."

Whilst messages which go against the public health experts' guidance may be marked with a warning as well as the link.

The warning reads: "Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet conflicts with guidance from public health experts regarding COVID-19. Learn more."

All that is required to still access the tweet is to click the 'View' button.

Twitter's crack down on fake coronavirus news comes after YouTube announced their plan to switch around their front page to stop misleading items of the virus spreading on their site.

The video channel have a new section of their homepage dedicated to verified videos about the virus pandemic to ensure correct information is getting out to people.

YouTube wants to ensure people are not taken by conspiracy theories posted about the virus.

Meanwhile, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Reddit, Twitter and YouTube, recently released a joint statement to insist they were doing all they could to fight coronavirus-related fraud and misinformation.

The statement read: "We are working closely together on COVID-19 response efforts. We're helping millions of people stay connected while also jointly combating fraud and misinformation about the virus, elevating authoritative content on our platforms, and sharing critical updates in coordination with government healthcare agencies around the world. We invite other companies to join us as we work to keep our communities healthy and safe."

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