Twitter to Crowdsource Content Policing
January 26, 2021
Twitter on Monday unveiled a new tool it is piloting to combat
Called Birdwatch, the crowdsourcing tool aims to enlist other
Twitter users to vet tweets they think contain misinformation.
Instead of deleting an offending tweet or having Twitter attach
a warning label, users will be able to add annotations to the
tweet to “provide informative context,” according to a Twitter
For now, the added notes will not be visible to all users, as
the program is a pilot project with only a limited number of
U.S. volunteers. The company would eventually like to have the
notes visible to all.
believe this approach has the potential to respond quickly when
misleading information spreads, adding contact that people trust
and find valuable," Twitter wrote.
The move comes as social media companies face increasing
pressure from those who say their platforms spread
misinformation, and those who say they are too censorious.
Twitter’s approach differs from Facebook, which uses a team of
“We know there are a number of challenges toward building a
community-driven system like this — from making it resistant to
manipulation attempts to ensuring it isn’t dominated by a simple
majority or biased based on its distribution of contributors.
We’ll be focused on these things throughout the pilot,” Twitter
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