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Birdwatch is a community-driven fact-checking feature introduced by Twitter in January 2021. The feature provides Twitter users an option to add context to tweets which they suspect might be containing misleading information.
On January 25th, 2021, Twitter introduced Birdwatch, a crowdsource-based fact-checking feature that provides users options to add notes to tweets they deem containing misleading or harmful information. On the same day, Twitter posted a video explaining the new feature (shown below).
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) January 25, 2021
User who enabled Birdwatch can contribute by flagging tweets as misleading, with available options including "factual error," "altered photo or video" "joke or satire that might be misinterpreted as a fact" among others. Additionally, the users report whether they think the tweet in question may cause little or considerable harm and may provide the evidence supporting the correct information.
The tweet introducing the feature, posted by @TwitteSupport on January 25th, 2021, received over 5,100 retweets, 22,600 quote retweets and 16,700 likes in one day.
In the following hours, multiple Twitter users quote retweeted the post, commenting on the feature. In many viral posts, users expressed concerns that the feature would be misused; for example, a January 25th, 2021, tweet by @morganisawizard received over 1,500 retweets and 9,800 likes in one day (shown below, left).