Twitter and misinformation: In cases like this pandemic, good information is life-saving (2)

8 December, 2022

Dear Neil and HIFA colleagues,

Following on from Dr Al-Shobaji's post to the forum recently about the change in twitter's misinformation policy [ ], it is interesting to read the following from ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):

Is, as the final sentence says, medical expertise being undermined?


HIFA profile: Julie N Reza is a UK-based specialist in communications for biosciences, global health & international development ( She predominantly works with NGOs and not-for-profit organisations. Previously she was the senior science editor at TDR, based at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva; prior to this she worked at the Wellcome Trust, UK, leading educational projects on international health topics including trypanosomiasis and trachoma. She has a PhD in immunology and a specialist degree in science communication. She also has several years research and postgraduate teaching experience. She is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and HIFA Social Media Working Group. Email: naimareza AT

[*Note from NPW, moderator: Here are extracts from the article:

COVID-19, vaccine misinformation 'spiking' on Twitter after Elon Musk fires moderators

The volume of COVID-19 misinformation has jumped alarmingly on Twitter, while anti-vaccination networks that had formerly been dispersed are already reforming and reorganising, according to research...

Mr Musk made a special point of allowing COVID-19 misinformation, announcing on November 30 that his new company was "no longer enforcing the COVID-19 misleading information policy"...

The spread of COVID misinformation may ultimately cost lives and undermine trust in medical expertise, but it's also a sign of what's to come...

"It's the worst, it really is the worst; we're back to a situation where medical expertise at the highest level … is being undermined."]