To avoid users spreading misinformation, Twitter will show fact-checking notes through the Birdwatch project, a program where volunteers can submit relevant information to determine the accuracy of the posts.
The Birdwatch project will allow contributors to correct or add context to published tweets and rate other contributors’ notes. The platform was launched in January 2021, enrolling 10,000 users, who have been checking around 43 tweets per day. So far now, the notes are only visible and can be rated by people enrolled as volunteer or the program.
The project’s main goal is that contributors go and check flagged tweets, correct, or add relevant information, and add verified trusted sources. Afterwards, Twitter will show fact-checking notes, helping the social network filter messages and avoid the rampant spreading of misinformation.
At this point, Birdwatch notes don’t affect the search results on the platform, so even if they have debunked a tweet, Twitter will show fact-checking notes to all their users. Eventually, the social network will be adding more contributors to Birdwatch, hoping that the notes can be seen by all regular users in the platform.
Would you like to be a factchecker for Twitter? The follow this link and apply to Birdwatch. And if you want to share your experiences in debunking misinformation on social media, comment on our channels!
Source: The Washington Post