"Model Worth Trying": Twitter's New Trial Program To Curb Misinformation

Joanna Estrada
January 26, 2021

The company claims it wants to "broaden the range of voices" fighting against misinformation, but the feature has the potential to devolve into flagging wars between different factions of users.

The pilot will be limited to a small number of test users in the US. Birdwatch is now for people in the US. In a blog post, Twitter revealed that this is a pilot project as of now which has been launched in the USA only.

"Currently, Birdwatch is in pilot mode for people in the US. We'll draw on learnings from this initial test and, over time, scale safely".

Pilot participants can rate the helpfulness of notes from other contributors. Notes deemed most helpful will rise to the top of Birdwatch, and these are the ones that could eventually end up showing up on the tweets we all see - for now, Birdwatch content will remain separate while in its trial phase.

Twitter says its received broad support for Birdwatch in conversations with users across the political spectrum, although it's likely to be a bumpy road ahead. Additionally, all data contributed to Birdwatch will be publicly available and downloadable. Twitter also stated that it's embedding a member of the University of Chicago's Center for RISC on the Birdwatch team.

"Birdwatch participants can identify Tweets they believe are misleading, write notes that provide context on the Tweet, and rate the quality of other participants' notes", the company said in its blogpost. We invite you to learn alongside as we continue to explore different ways of addressing a common problem.

In recent months Twitter has taken increasingly active steps to censor former President Donald Trump and has since permanently suspended him from the platform.

Spreading of misinformation and fake news on social media platforms has proven to be extremely risky.

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Twitter has always been active in adding labels and warnings about misinformation on the site, say it about the COVID-19 pandemic to USA elections 2020 and Donald Trump.

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