Alerts are categorized as high, medium, and low risk.
  • High risk alerts: We recommend directly addressing and debunking the misinformation
  • Medium risk alerts: We recommend monitoring the situation but not actively engaging.
  • Low risk alerts: Provided for informational purposes. We do not recommend additional action at the moment.

As of last week, Twitter has stopped enforcing its COVID-19 misinformation policy, which allowed users to flag content promoting false or misleading information about COVID-19 for review and potential removal from the platform. 

Twitter’s COVID-19 guidelines were launched in January 2020 to combat misinformation in real time and make it easier for users to find accurate information about COVID-19 on the platform. The rules, while imperfect, have led to the suspension of over 11,000 accounts circulating COVID-19 misinformation. With the end of the policy, some large accounts that fueled early waves of COVID-19 misinformation and contributed to enduring vaccine hesitancy have returned to the site. Other prominent anti-vaccine accounts that have been flagged by public health and fact-checking organizations are expected to return soon.

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Shortly after a country singer passed away in his sleep, vaccine conspiracists began baselessly claiming that COVID-19 vaccines caused his death. The bogus evidence for the claim is that the singer was vaccinated in April 2021.

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A news report stating that vaccinated people make up the majority of COVID-19 deaths is being used by vaccine opponents to try to discredit COVID-19 vaccines. One post calls COVID-19 vaccines “experimental toxins” being pushed by the government.

The posts are sharing the headline rather than the article itself. The article explains that vaccinated people are at lower risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19. Vaccinated people make up a much larger proportion of the population and are more likely to be over the age of 65, which is the greatest risk factor for COVID-19 death.

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A video posted on social media features an internal medicine doctor falsely claiming that physicians are not taught about vaccines in medical school. The post received hundreds of engagements before it was flagged as misinformation. 

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A documentary that has been viewed over 10 million times since it was released last week claims to document instances of people dying suddenly after COVID-19 vaccination. The film was produced by a radio host known for promoting conspiracy theories and anti-vaccine myths and shows videos of people collapsing from supposed vaccine side effects. It also shows large blood clots that are purportedly from the bodies of vaccinated people.

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Several trending social posts have attempted to link COVID-19 vaccines to the rise in respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) cases in children over the last few months. One post claims that “experimental” COVID-19 vaccines drove RSV to record high levels so pharmaceutical companies could profit off an RSV vaccine.

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An anti-mandate social media account posted the image of a billboard that is reportedly outside the CDC’s Atlanta headquarters. The billboard claims that COVID-19 vaccines are killing children and asks when the CDC will “stop the COVID shot?"

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Several social media users are questioning what happened to monkeypox following the global outbreak earlier this year, with one viral post suggesting that the disease’s “marketing team” quit. The post suggests that monkeypox is not deadly and was never a real threat.

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A widely shared video features an OBGYN claiming that many newborns of mothers vaccinated for COVID-19 have vaccine-induced AIDS (VAIDS). One post sharing the video claims that the vaccines have been a “disaster.”

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In a video clip, a physician whose license was suspended for promoting COVID-19 misinformation claims flu vaccines are being used to experiment on people and that the government has been lying about the flu shot’s effectiveness for decades.

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Alerts are categorized as high, medium, and low risk.
  • High risk alerts: We recommend directly addressing and debunking the misinformation
  • Medium risk alerts: We recommend monitoring the situation but not actively engaging.
  • Low risk alerts: Provided for informational purposes. We do not recommend additional action at the moment.
Vaccine Misinformation Guide

Get practical tips for addressing misinformation in this new guide. Click image to download.

Vaccine Misinformation Guide

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