Commentary: Twitter Makes Irresponsible Decision on COVID-19 Misinformation – ACHI – Arkansas Center for Health Improvement

In an opinion piece for the Arkansas Advocate, ACHI President and CEO Dr. Joe Thompson discusses the recent by decision by Twitter to stop enforcing its COVID-19 misinformation policy, which he calls “an apparent abdication of Twitter’s responsibility to protect users from potentially harmful content.”

The decision “opens the floodgates for snake oil salesmen at a time when people experiencing long COVID-19 are increasingly desperate for anything that will help,” he writes.

Thompson reflects on various myths about COVID-19 that have circulated during the pandemic and provides a concrete example of misinformation’s impact in Arkansas: Unsupported claims about the drug ivermectin led to its increased usage in the state. He also offers tips for recognizing misinformation.

See more on our COVID-19 in Arkansas page in the newly added section, “Combating COVID-19 Misinformation.”

We also rounded up Thompson’s media interviews on this topic on our blog.