Recently, Twitter announced that it's creating a brand new tool to counter fake news. Called “Birdwatch”
Twitter Birdwatch Is a New Feature to Combat Fake News on the Platform
Recently, Twitter announced that it's creating a brand new tool to counter fake news. Called “Birdwatch”, the new feature could permit people to add notes to explain their suspicion, flag tweets, and fill up a survey form (like a review) that estimates a tweet's potential harm and reach.

Jane Manchun Wong (Twitter user @wongmjane), who was the first to identify the function in August, has since shared more screenshots of a glimpse into how the function could use crowdsourced information to moderate content on the platform.

Via multiple screenshots on Twitter, Wong on Saturday demonstrated how a “Twitter Community” form was generated when a tweet was “Added to Birdwatch”. The form had a number of questions that will add context to the grievance. Later, Kayvon Beykpour, Product Lead at Twitter and Co-Founder of the live-streaming application, Periscope, confirmed in a reply that he would soon be sharing more on the new Birdwatch feature.

Building up to the confirmation from Beykpour, social media consultant Matt Navarra, too, had posted a screenshot last week, which showed a tiny binoculars logotype icon showing below a tweet that allowed him to access the “Add to Birdwatch” functionality.

In her previous tweet, Wong had additionally proven how the “Birdwatch” function would allow users to add notes to the particular tweet they were flagging. The history of notes on the tweet could then be made out there for other folks/ moderators to see and vote on.

But the leaks into the working of this misinformation characteristic leave a lot to be answered. It is still not clear if the function will be open to all users, a selected set of fact-checkers, or Twitter's own band of moderators; it's also essential to look at how Twitter plans to restrict the potential trolling that this feature could unleash on Twitter.


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