Twitter’s new testing program, Birdwatch, to curb misinformation


Twitter ultimately expects 1,000 to 100,000 bird watchers.

Twitter Inc launched a pilot on Monday where users flag tweets they think are misleading and take notes to provide context.

The project, called Birdwatch, will initially be offered in the USA, the social media company announced in a blog post.

Twitter and other social media companies have been under pressure to combat misinformation on their platforms. Twitter began adding labels and warnings about misinformation on the website last year, including the COVID-19 pandemic and the US election.

Birdwatch is on a separate section of Twitter, and only pilot participants who apply for the program write posts that identify and refute misinformation. Your notes are initially not visible on Twitter to users outside the pilot group, but on the Birdwatch website.

Twitter ultimately expects between 1,000 and 100,000 bird watchers to be admitted on an ongoing basis and not paid.

“After all, we want to make notes directly on tweets visible to the global Twitter audience when there is a broad and diverse circle of contributors,” said Keith Coleman, vice president of Twitter, in the blog post.


Pilot participants can evaluate the usefulness of other contributors’ notes.

“We know there are a number of challenges in building such a community-driven system – from being resistant to tampering to making sure it’s not dominated by a simple majority or biased based on the distribution of contributors,” said Coleman in the blog post.

“We believe this is a model worth trying out,” he said.

(Except for the headline, this story was not edited by GossipMantri staff and published from a syndicated feed.)


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