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Examining how various social media platforms have responded to COVID-19 misinformation

December 15, 2021

Rearchers analyzed community guidelines and official news releases and blog posts from 12 leading social media and messaging platforms to examine their responses to COVID-19 misinformation. While the majority of platforms stated that they prohibited COVID-19 misinformation, the responses of many platforms lacked clarity and transparency. Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter had largely consistent responses, but other platforms varied with regard to types of content prohibited, criteria guiding responses and remedies developed to address misinformation. Only Twitter and YouTube described their systems for applying various remedies. These differences highlight the need to establish general standards across platforms to address COVID-19 misinformation more cohesively.