Due to lockdown orders, people have been spending their time on social media now more than ever. Twitter during COVID-19 has been especially popular. The social media platform has been a go-to for information. It is a resource for people to consult in such a difficult time. It also gives a look into public opinion during this crisis.
Not everything on Twitter should be believed. However, according to Tech Crunch, Twitter has announced that it will be using its blue check verification mark by “…mobilizing the badge system to help signal more authoritative and verified voices that can provide credible updates on the topic of the coronavirus”. This adds to the recent efforts made by Twitter to rid itself of false information.
Using the blue check verification mark wields its power for credible sources only. A good source would be a verified expert. This also helps people determine what is factual on Twitter. Twitter is also working with global health authorities, such as the WHO and CDC, to identify these experts and ensure they are deserving of the blue check.
The social media platform is even making sure that factual information comes from other sources during COVID-19. Twitter announced that it would be donating $1 million, split equally, to the Committee to Protect Journalists and the International Women’s Media Foundation. This money will go towards advancing their important work. Specifically, work done by the media reporting during COVID-19. Twitter even told its employees to work from home to prevent the spread of the virus in early March.
Twitter’s response to COVID-19 has been a great example. Other social media platforms should learn from Twitter and fight the virus in any way they can. Even just making sure information about the virus on these platforms is correct could be a start.