Twitter Unveils Birdwatch Fact-Check
Twitter has stated that the Birdwatch Fact-Check notes inside tweets will be available to pilot participants on iOS, Android, and web platforms. Birdwatch is a community-based feature that allows individuals to spot false information in tweets and add notes to add context. This year in January, the microblogging platform began a pilot version of the service with few users in the US.
Product VP Keith Coleman wrote in a blog post, “We believe this approach has the potential to respond quickly when misleading information spreads, adding context that people trust and find valuable. Eventually, we aim to make notes visible directly on Tweets for the global Twitter audience when there is consensus from a broad and diverse set of contributors.”
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Birdwatch aims to make it easier for individuals to stay informed by providing context to their Tweets. If a Tweet contains a “Currently rated helpful” Birdwatch note, you’ll see it instantly on the Tweet. Also, you may rate it to help boost the most helpful notes.
According to Twitter, people will be able to rate regardless of whether the note is beneficial or not. The Birdwatch card will disappear if none of the comments are found useful. But if any notes are found useful, they will appear straight inside the tweet.
Birdwatch has been receiving several questions regarding how and whether it will function inside the existing social media environment. Using community feedback varies from more centralized efforts such as those undertaken by platforms such as Facebook, which have enlisted the help of independent fact-checking organizations.
Twitter is clearly trying to decentralize this initiative as much as possible. They want to put power in the hands of Birdwatch users. But with individual tweeters presently deciding on the usefulness and visibility of fact checks, it’s evident that this will be a chaotic solution at times.
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