Twitter Will Censor COVID-19 Vaccine News It Claims Misinforms People

( Twitter is at it again, planning a new censorship campaign for 2021.

This week, the social media giant said it would censor what it deems “misleading” information on COVID-19 vaccines. The company is apparently the arbiter of all things truth in the science world, just as it claimed to be in politics over the last few years.

Twitter is once again playing with free speech, and any voices that challenge mainstream thoughts.

As the company wrote in a blog post:

“Starting in early 2021, we may label or place a warning on Tweets that advance unsubstantiated rumors, disputed claims, as well as incomplete or out-of-context information about vaccines. Tweets that are all labeled under this expanded guidance may link to authoritative public health information or the Twitter Rules to provide people with additional context and authoritative information about COVID-19.”

The blog post continued:

  • “We are expanding the policy and may require people to remove Tweets which advance harmful false or misleading narratives about COVID-19 vaccinations, including:
  • “False claims that suggest immunizations and vaccines are used to intentionally cause harm to or control populations, including statements about vaccines that invoke a deliberate conspiracy;
  • “False claims which have been widely debunked about the adverse impacts or effects of receiving vaccinations; or
  • “False claims that COVID-19 is not real or not serious, and therefore that vaccinations are unnecessary.”

Despite the reference to 2021, Twitter said the policy actually went into effect on December 21. Over the next couple weeks, the company plans to ramp up the policy and begin further enforcement.

Since April, Twitter has been censoring and removing posts on its site that it deemed to contain misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic. Two months ago, both Twitter and Facebook flagged one post from President Donald Trump that said the coronavirus is less lethal “in most populations” than “the flu.”

Twitter has also censored other posts from the president, one in which he said he was “immune” from the coronavirus now that he had contracted COVID-19. Ironically, some posts that Twitter did allow to stand — without removal or any censorship — wished harm on the president and First Lady Melania Trump after they contracted the virus.

One tweet from a prominent person, actor Kendrick Sampson of “How to Get Away with Murder,” read:

“#TrumpHasCovid SOMEBODY GET HIM SOME BLEACH!!! Donald The Grand Wizard, Orange Agent, shit on the bottom of my cheapest, beat up sandal, lowest life form, KLU KLUX KOVID TRUMP got the VID & I hope it takes him and the whole administration OUT & we make this a national holiday.”

Another from Danielle Muscato, a self-described “Trans Woman” who says she’s been featured on various media outlets, wrote:

“I’m not one to laugh at other people’s suffering, but…. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA Burn in hell you mother fucker. #COVID19 #TrumpHasCovid #coronavirus #TrumpIsARacist #TrumpLiedPeopleDied #Trump @realDonaldTrump.”

Twitter’s response — that those posts might be against the site’s rules, but they “won’t take enforcement action on every Tweet.”

Stuff like this should seriously call into question Twitter’s ability to properly decide which vaccine information is OK and which is not — since they can’t handle following their own basic rules.