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Twitter launches user forum to combat misinformation

Twitter launches user forum to combat misinformation
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Twitter on Monday launched a new feature aimed at combating misinformation on the platform through a community of users.

The standalone section, titled “Birdwatch,” will allow users to discuss and provide context to tweets.

The feature will first be launched as a pilot for a small set of users on a first-come, first-served basis. The selection will not give priority to fact-checkers or high-profile accounts.

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“Birdwatch allows people to identify information in Tweets they believe is misleading or false, and write notes that provide informative context," the company wrote in a blog post. "We believe this approach has the potential to respond quickly when misleading information spreads, adding context that people trust and find valuable."

Twitter hopes to eventually “make notes visible directly on Tweets for the global Twitter audience, when there is consensus from a broad and diverse set of contributors.”

The new community based feature appears to draw on the content moderation strategies of Reddit and Wikipedia, both of which depend on users for the bulk of their oversight.

Users in the pilot program will be able to append notes to tweets and deem others’ notes as “helpful” or “unhelpful.”