According to foreign media reports,Twitter has deleted several novel coronavirus misleading statements issued by several celebrity accounts, and said that at this critical moment, they will adopt zero tolerance towards any other attempt to manipulate and abuse their services.A twitter spokesman said the platform removed three tweets from David Clarke (account name @ Sheriff Clarke) because they violated Twitter's policy of opposing self mutilation.
As Jared Holt, of right wing watch, a regulatory website, points out, all three tweets mention a pandemic to some extent.
In one tweet, Clarke links to an article about bars and restaurants being shut down for the new coronavirus and adds, "it's time to stand up and fight back. Bars and restaurants should ignore the ban. Let people decide if they want to go out. " In another tweet, he encouraged people to "return to reason" and "stop buying toilet paper," while the deleted third suggested that people "march on the streets.".
But twitter said it has yet to see a major collaborative platform dedicated to the new crown virus, but many of the high number of followers of individual twitter accounts have been criticized for adding to the confusion. Actress Alyssa Milano posted an image on twitter with error messages about preventing virus infection, which was later removed.
However, some accounts posted more malicious new coronavirus information. On Saturday local time, Republican Bobby rush (Democratic Illinois) called this "explicit error message" in a twitter post released by programmer and businessman John McAfee, which has now been deleted. McAfee mistakenly said that "the new crown virus will not attack black people because it is a Chinese virus."
Twitter spokesman didn't say why McAfee tweet was deleted, but when browsing the tweet there is now an error message --" this tweet is no longer available because it violates Twitter rules ." As of Monday afternoon, McAfee account is still active.
To this end, Rush wrote a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg asking what means they have taken to prevent the spread of such inaccurate information during the new crown epidemic and to ensure that there is no racial attack or harassment. A Rush spokesman said both companies had already received the letter and were currently in the process of formal responses.