Twitter addresses vaccine misinformation with new pop-up feature: 3 things to know

Twitter developed a new feature to ensure users receive accurate information on vaccines, reports The Hill.

Three things to know:

1. When searching for "vaccines" or other related terms on Twitter, users will now see a message with a link to HHS' vaccines website.

"To make sure you get the best information on vaccinations, resources are available from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services," the pop-up message says, according to The Hill.  

2. Twitter has also stopped offering auto-suggest searches that would likely direct users to noncredible sources for vaccine information.

3. The new feature, announced May 10, is available on Twitter's mobile platform in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., among other countries. Instagram also announced plans for a similar pop-up feature last week that will warn users about content containing vaccine misinformation.

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