We enjoy surfing social media every day, and it appears that we tweet a lot as well. It seems sensible that since most of us have to stay at home during MCO and are unable to go out, we spend a lot of time on our smartphones or computers, turning to Twitter to stay informed of the most recent events.
Since June 2019, Malaysians have tweeted 21 million times about COVID-19, according to a statement from Twitter today.
According to the statement, Malaysians used Twitter as a reliable source to learn about “panic buying,” learn about vaccines and learn about new variants of Covid-19.
Twitter’s Head of Public Policy, Government, and Philanthropy for South East Asia, Monrawee Ampolpittayanant, stated that the company prioritises user safety and is devoted to protecting users from harmful false news, particularly in times of crisis.
Recognising the important role we play in facilitating access to reliable information during the pandemic, we (Twitter) introduced our Covid-19 misinformation policy on 3 April 2020 to help Malaysians find reliable information, connect with others and follow what’s happening in real-time.
When countries began rolling out Covid-19 vaccines, Twitter expanded the Covid-19 misinformation policy to include Tweets that contained misleading information about the vaccines. Since Twitter’s introduction of its Covid-19 guidance, 11.72 million accounts have been challenged, 8,558 accounts suspended and 85,885 pieces of content removed worldwide from January 2020 to June 2022.Twitter, Head of Public Policy, Government, and Philanthropy for South East Asia, Monrawee Ampolpittayanant
According to the statement, Twitter worked with regional partners in Malaysia, including the Ministry of Health (@KKMPutrajaya), to promote the nationwide #Covid19 vaccination campaign. Twitter also used TwitterSpaces to connect with the public and media, sharing the most recent Covid-19-related information from Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin (@Khairykj).
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