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Twitter Expands its Safety Rules on Fake Coronavirus Content

Twitter bans any COVID-19 tweet that spreads misinformation

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Twitter has expanded its safety rules on fake and mischievous coronavirus content that could place people at a higher risk of transmitting COVID-19. Pixabay

Twitter on Thursday said it has expanded its safety rules on fake and mischievous coronavirus content that could place people at a higher risk of transmitting COVID-19.

Twitter will require people to remove tweets that include content that increases the chance that someone contracts or transmits the virus.

“It includes denial of expert guidance, encouragement to use fake or ineffective treatments, preventions, and diagnostic techniques and misleading content purporting to be from experts or authorities,” the micro-blogging platform said in a statement.

Vijaya Gadde, global lead for legal, policy, and trust and safety at Twitter said the company is increasing its use of machine learning and automation to take a wide range of actions on potentially abusive and manipulative content.

Twitter will take action on tweets “denying global or local health authority recommendations to decrease someone’s likelihood of exposure to COVID-19 with the intent to influence people into acting against recommended guidance, such as: “social distancing is not effective.”

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Twitter will require people to remove tweets that include content that increases the chance that someone contracts or transmits the virus. Pixabay

“It includes Description of treatments or protective measures which are not immediately harmful but are known to be ineffective, are not applicable to the COVID-19 context, or are being shared with the intent to mislead others.”

It will look into tweets that deny “established scientific facts about transmission during the incubation period or transmission guidance from global and local health authorities, such as COVID-19 does not infect children because we haven’t seen any cases of children being sick,” said Gadde.

Twitter will purge tweets with “specific and unverified claims that incite people to action and cause widespread panic, social unrest or large-scale disorder”. Propagating false or misleading information around COVID-19 diagnostic criteria or procedures such as “if you can hold your breath for 10 seconds, you do not have coronavirus,” will also be removed from the platform.

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Claims that specific groups, nationalities are never susceptible to COVID-19, such as “people with dark skin are immune to COVID-19 due to melanin production” or “reading the Quran will make an individual immune to COVID-19” will also be purged, said Twitter. (IANS)

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PhonePe Unveils National Movement “#i4India” To Help India Fight Coronavirus Pandemic

Over 10 lakh people have already donated to the PMCARES Fund through our app in less than five days

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The #i4India movement is an appeal to every Indian to support the government agencies, doctors, health workers, policemen and emergency workers who are all working 24/7 through the lockdown period to keep the people of the country safe and healthy. Pixabay

Digital payments major PhonePe on Friday announced the launch of a national movement called #i4India after its #100CrorePledge to help India fight the extraordinary challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic went viral last week.

The #i4India movement is an appeal to every Indian to support the government agencies, doctors, health workers, policemen and emergency workers who are all working 24/7 through the lockdown period to keep the people of the country safe and healthy.

India is under a 21-day lockdown till April 14. To join the #i4India movement, PhonePe is asking at least 10 crore Indians to donate generously to the PM-CARES Fund.
PhonePe said it will contribute Rs 10 to the PM-CARES Fund for every Indian who donates to the fund via the PhonePe app using UPI by April 30, 2020.

In all, PhonePe has pledged to contribute a maximum of up to Rs 100 crore for this cause. PhonePe launched its donation drive five days ago, and already more than 10 lakh Indians have donated to the PM-CARES Fund via the PhonePe App. Accordingly, the company donated Rs 1 crore to the PM-CARES Fund on Thursday.

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“The new #i4India movement is a reflection of the spectacular response that our original #100CrorePledge donation drive received last week,” Sameer Nigam, Founder &CEO, PhonePe, said in a statement.

“Over 10 lakh people have already donated to the PMCARES Fund through our app in less than five days. So now we are asking every Indian to unite behind the cause and donate even more generously with their time and money. Rs 1 or Rs 100,000 does not matter. Every rupee counts, and every Indian’s support matters,” Nigam said.

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Digital payments major PhonePe on Friday announced the launch of a national movement called #i4India after its #100CrorePledge to help India fight the extraordinary challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic went viral last week. Wikimedia Commons

To join the #i4India movement, users can visit the PhonePe app and follow two simple steps — support the cause by donating to the PM-CARES Fund and spread the word.

They can set the #i4India logo as a display pic (DP) on WhatsApp, Facebook, TikTok, Twitter, etc. for a month.

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All donations made via UPI will be transferred directly from the donors bank account to the PM-CARES Funds bank account, PhonePe said.

These donations are eligible for a 100 per cent tax exemption under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act. (IANS)