Elon Musk’s Twitter has scrapped its “Covid misinformation” policy that saw thousands of users banned from the social media platform.
Twitter did not formally announce the rule change but users noticed that the policy had been quietly dropped.
In an update to its policies, Twitter added a note saying it is “no longer enforcing” the rule.
“Effective November 23, 2022, Twitter is no longer enforcing the COVID-19 misleading information policy,” the note reads.
Twitter issued a variety of measures since the pandemic’s onset in 2020.
The measures included a policy that allowed users to report misinformation directly to Twitter.
Another policy saw Twitter taking action against tweets that alleged vaccinated individuals could still spread COVID-19.
The policy, which saw Twitter suspend more than 11,000 accounts and remove more than 90,000 pieces of content on the social media platform, was praised by Democrat President Joe Biden’s U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy.
Murthy described the policy as a model for how other companies could combat misinformation, according to CNN.
However, it has now been proven that the policies themselves were based on false information, such as the claim that people don’t spread Covid after receiving the vaccine.
Twitter’s policy was similar to those implemented by Facebook and YouTube, which remain in effect, according to Reuters.
The relationship between these social media platforms and White House officials, including Chief Medical Advisor to the President Dr. Anthony Fauci and former Press Secretary Jen Psaki, is central to an ongoing lawsuit alleging government collusion with Big Tech companies.
The lawsuit, brought by Republican Attorneys General Eric Schmitt of Missouri and Jeff Landry of Louisiana, alleges that the federal government colluded with private social media companies to suppress users’ free speech rights.
During Fauci’s deposition last week, it was revealed that the top federal health official admitted that he knew masking was “ineffective” while he was pushing for mask mandates for the public.
Fauci also admitted during his testimony that he based his mask mandates, lockdowns, and vaccination programs on brutal Covid measures enforced by the Chinese Communist Party.
Since taking over Twitter, Musk has made it his mission to end censorship and promote free speech on the platform.
As Slay News reported, Musk alleged Monday that Apple had significantly cut back on advertising on the platform and had threatened to pull Twitter from its App Store without explaining why.
He then accused the company of engaging in censorship.
The tech mogul recently reinstated a variety of high-profile conservative accounts, including those of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), renowned psychologist Jordan Peterson, the satirical website the Babylon Bee, and President Donald Trump.
Musk followed up with an announcement that he would grant “general amnesty” to all suspended accounts on the platform “provided that they have not broken the law or engaged in egregious spam.”
The move prompted left-wing groups to accuse Musk of fostering “hate speech” on the platform, which they claim could potentially drive real-world violence, according to Axios.