Twitter said Monday it will start labeling misleading tweets about COVID-19 vaccines and boot users who persist in spreading such misinformation.
The one-to-many messaging service introduced a “strike system” that will gradually escalate to a permanent ban after the fifth offending tweet.
“We believe the strike system will help to educate the public on our policies and further reduce the spread of potentially harmful and misleading information on Twitter,” the San Francisco-based company said in a blog post.
“Particularly for repeated moderate and high-severity violations of our rules.”
Twitter users will be notified when a tweet is labeled as misleading or needs to be removed for breaking the platform’s rules, earning a strike, according to the company.
The second and third strikes will each result in the violating account being blocked for 12 hours.
With a fourth violation, an account will be sidelined for seven days. A fifth strike will get accounts permanently suspended, Twitter said.