Birdwatch, a community-based approach to misinformation, has been recently, officially introduced by Twitter’s Vice President of Product, Keith Coleman, through a blog post.
People often use the Twitter platform to keep up with the latest information, and according to Coleman, “they want credible information.” The Product Vice President stated that they apply labels and add context to Tweets, but they don’t want to limit their efforts.
“We also want to broaden the range of voices that are part of tackling this problem, and we believe a community-driven approach can help. That’s why today we’re introducing Birdwatch, a pilot in the US of a new community-driven approach to help address misleading information on Twitter.“– Keith Coleman, Twitter’s Vice President of Product
How Does Birdwatch Work
This feature allows people to identify information in Tweets they believe is misleading. With Birdwatch, people who have seen misleading posts can write notes that provide informative context.
“We believe this approach has the potential to respond quickly when misleading information spreads, adding context that people trust and find valuable,” explained Coleman.
In this first phase of the pilot, the notes will only be visible on a separate Birdwatch site. For now, the notes are being intentionally kept separate from Twitter while the Twitter team is building the feature.
However, Twitter aims to eventually make the notes visible directly on Tweets for the global Twitter audience.
Birdwatch Official Twitter
Birdwatch also now also has an official Twitter account (@birdwatch) wherein you can see the latest updates about it and wherein you can provide feedback on the feature.
Below are some of the first tweets published by Birdwatch. The tweets contain further information about the feature.