Shouting ‘maybe misinformation’ into a world of Corona

“Twitter broadened their definition of ‘harm’. ” when it comes to users Tweeting about the Corona virus.  Expanding to, “content that goes directly against guidance from authoritative sources of global and local public health information.”

They are cutting off these Tweets, as well as ones that may suggest a cure, origin, spread and protection.

  • “Coronavirus is not heat-resistant—walking outside is enough to disinfect you.”
  • “Use aromatherapy and essential oils to prevent COVID-19.”
  • “Drinking bleach and ingesting colloidal silver will cure COVID-19.”
  • “COVID-19 does not infect children because we haven’t seen any cases of children being sick.”
  • “Coronavirus is a fraud and not real—go out and patronize your local bar!!”
  • “The news about washing your hands is propaganda for soap companies, stop washing your hands.”
  • “Ignore news about COVID-19, it’s just an attempt to destroy capitalism by crashing the stock market.”
  • “The National Guard just announced that no more shipments of food will be arriving for 2 months—run to the grocery store ASAP and buy everything!”
  • “If you can hold your breath for 10 seconds, you do not have coronavirus.”
  • “If you have a wet cough, it’s not coronavirus—but a dry cough is.”
  • “You’ll feel like you’re drowning in snot if you have coronavirus—it’s not a normal runny nose.”
  • “People with dark skin are immune to COVID-19 due to melanin production.”
  • “Reading the Quran will make an individual immune to COVID-19.”
  • “Avoid businesses owned by Chinese people as they are more likely to have COVID-19.”

These Tweets when not substantiated are the equivalent of shouting ‘fire’ in a crowded theater. They can also be seen as completely outlandish on their own but what if one

Why it’s hot:

Censorship that might have ripple effects, currently unseen.