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Twitter Birdwatch unveiled to help users fact check misinformation


New York | Bengaluru: Twitter Inc. has launched a pilot program that enables customers to flag tweets that they imagine are deceptive and write notes to supply context. The venture, referred to as
Twitter Birdwatch, is initially supplied in the US, the social media agency stated in a weblog submit.

Twitter and different social media firms have been underneath stress to fight misinformation on their platforms. The microblogging platform had final yr began including labels and warnings about misinformation on the positioning, together with concerning the Covid-19 pandemic and the 2020 US elections.

Birdwatch is on a separate part of Twitter, and solely pilot individuals, who apply to this system, will write posts figuring out and rebutting misinformation. Their notes will initially not be seen on Twitter for customers exterior of the pilot group however shall be seen on the Birdwatch website.

Twitter stated it in the end expects to have between 1,000 and 100,000 Birdwatchers who’re being admitted on a rolling foundation and who is not going to be paid.

“Ultimately we goal to make notes seen immediately on Tweets for the worldwide Twitter viewers, when there’s consensus from a broad and numerous set of contributors,” stated Twitter Vice President of Product Keith Coleman within the weblog submit.

Pilot individuals can fee the helpfulness of notes from different contributors.

“We all know there are a variety of challenges towards constructing a community-driven system like this – from making it proof against manipulation makes an attempt to making sure it is not dominated by a easy majority or biased primarily based on its distribution of contributors,” stated Coleman within the weblog submit.

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