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“You may not use Twitter’s services to share false or misleading information about COVID-19 which may lead to harm,” Twitter announces in their “COVID-19 misleading information policy.” “Even as scientific understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, we’ve observed the emergence of persistent conspiracy theories, alarmist rhetoric unfounded in research or credible reporting, and a wide range of unsubstantiated rumors, which left uncontextualized can prevent the public from making informed decisions regarding their health and puts individuals, families, and communities at risk,” Twitter adds. With the subject of social media censorship being at the forefront of debate when it comes to freedom of speech, many have been critical of platforms like Twitter for having a heavy-handed approach to online censorship. This has led many to question why are their own policies are not being applied to Chinese Communist Party propaganda. On Tuesday, Hua Chunying, the CCP’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Director General, shared what many condemned as anti-American COVID-19 disinformation.

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