The social network Twitter decided to quickly verify the accounts of experts in the field of health. The site administration wants to provide users with timely and verified updates about the coronavirus.
Twitter will simplify the verification of health expert accounts. This is because the company wants to provide timely advice and “reliable updates around # COVID19.” “We work with the most reputable health authorities to identify experts, and have already verified and verified hundreds of profiles,” the company wrote on Twitter.
The update is due to the fact that Twitter is making another attempt to combat the misinformation that spreads on social networks after the coronavirus pandemic. The company previously announced it would ban tweets that distribute fake drugs or other pseudoscientific information.
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In a series of tweets, the company stated that it had already verified “hundreds of accounts,” and explained the steps that scientists and others working in public health or academic institutions can take to ensure that their accounts are verified.
“We give priority to checking accounts that have an email address associated with a reputable organization or institution,” Twitter said. “Please make sure that you include biographical information on Twitter and links to the institutions with which you are associated.”
A spokesman for Twitter said that now the company, together with partner organizations, for example, the World Health Association, determines the accounts that need to be checked first.