Birdwatch- Twitter’s Community Pilot program asks users to fact-check tweets
The new community-based pilot program initiative by Twitter, Birdwatch allows people to identify information in Tweets they believe is misleading, and write notes that provide informative context.
In this first phase of the pilot, notes will only be visible on a separate Birdwatch site and pilot participants can also rate the helpfulness of notes added by other contributors. Also, every data contributed to Birdwatch will be publicly available and downloadable ahead.
With the statement released late on Monday, Twitter said, “These notes are being intentionally kept separate from Twitter for now, while we build Birdwatch and gain confidence that it produces context people find helpful and appropriate,”
It is estimated to have about 1,000 users in the US to start with the Birdwatch program. “Eventually we aim to make notes visible directly on Tweets for the global Twitter audience when there is consensus from a broad and diverse set of contributors,” Twitter said.
“We believe this approach has the potential to respond quickly when misleading information spreads, adding context that people trust and find valuable”.
So far Twitter has conducted 100+ qualitative interviews with individuals across the political spectrum who use Twitter and received broad general support for Birdwatch.
The giant platform has also announced that “As we develop algorithms that power Birdwatch such as reputation and consensus systems we aim to publish that code publicly in the Birdwatch Guide,”.