NUSADAILY.COM – JAKARTA – Twitter is launching a program that lets users flag tweets they believe are misleading, and write notes to provide context.
Named Birdwatch, the program comes first in the United States, according to the social media company, quoted by Reuters on Tuesday.
Twitter and other social media companies are under pressure to combat misinformation on their platforms. Twitter last year began adding labels and warnings for misinformation on its platform, including about the COVID-19 pandemic and the U.S. election.
Birdwatch is in a separate section of Twitter, twitter.com/i/birdwatch, and only pilot participants who sign up for the program, can write notes to identify and refute misinformed.
Their notes will not initially be visible on Twitter to users outside the pilot group, but will be visible on the Birdwatch site.
Twitter expects as many as 1,000 to 100,000 people to join Birdwatch in turn and will not be paid.
“Ultimately we have the goal of making notes visible directly in Tweets to global Twitter users, when there is consensus from a broad and diverse set of contributors,” said Twitter’s Vice President of Product, Keith Coleman.
Participants can rate notes from other contributors.
“We know there are a number of challenges to building a community-based system like this – from making it resistant to manipulation efforts to making sure it’s not dominated by a simple majority or bias based on its contributor distribution,” Coleman said.
“We believe this is a model worth trying,” he added. (mic)