In times of the new coronavirus pandemic, misinformation is one of the significant global problems to contend. Showing concern about the use of its space for these discussions. Twitter has announced that it will prioritize the verification of accounts of some specific health experts.
Health experts who have engaged in research and monitoring of the virus will have the priority for account verification. As we know, the blue checkmark attests to the veracity of the accounts. It gives enormous credibility to the messages given by such an account.
Twitter is working with public health authorities to verify institutions and professionals linked to them. Thus, it is likely that the degree of fake news on the platform will reduce. There are already several misinformations of miracle methods, false cures, and other promises to free users of Covid-19. Hence, the new measures taken by Twitter will lead to a decline in countering these fake myths.
Twitter reopens the verification
As a result of this, the profiles of various epidemiologists and virology experts, such as those of @NAChristakis, @mlipsitch, @trvrb, and @florian_krammer have already been verified by the social network in less than a day, as confirmed from Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO himself.
The platform will soon make available a form to be shared among global health agencies so that more interested professionals can apply for a verified account. The measure will also end up encouraging even those who are not on the network today to participate in it for a great contribution to the debate and the correct information.
Twitter has stated that it is working with global health authorities. Including organizations such as the WHO, the CDC, state health authorities, and recognized academic institutions. All this to verify the accounts of world organizations, as well as the health experts that belong to them.