Twitter takes another step to stop the spread of misinformation about vaccines and it’s now redirecting user searches to a government source…
Just about every social media site has introduced tools and rolled out measures to prevent the propagation of misinformation.
Twitter Redirecting Vaccine-Related Searches to ‘Credible’ Source
When someone enters a query for vaccine topics, they’ll first see a link to vaccines.gov, which is run by the US Department of Health and Human Services:
“We’re committed to protecting the health of the public conversation on Twitter — ensuring individuals can find information from authoritative sources is a key part of that mission.”
Twitter also states it will block auto-suggestions for searches which might lead to anti-vaccination information.
The change is now active on both Android and iOS apps, as well as over at mobile.twitter.com, in the US, Canada, the UK, Brazil, and Korea. Furthermore, in Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, and in Spanish-speaking Latin American countries, it’s live on Twitter.com.
Twitter already takes much the same type of action when someone searches for queries associated with self-harm or suicide, redirecting them to Lifeline.
The microblog says it plans to expand the program to other important public health issues over the coming months.