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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.

History

On January 25th, 2021, Twitter introduced Birdwatch,[1] 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[2] posted a video explaining the new feature (shown below).

In a separate tweet,[3] Birdwatch invited users to join Birdwatch pilot,[4] initially eligible only for users in the United States.

Features

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.

Other Birdwatch participants rate the submitted notes, with proper submissions then being added to the tweet.[2][4]

Highlights

The tweet[2] 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[5] by @morganisawizard received over 1,500 retweets and 9,800 likes in one day (shown below, left).


MJ ... @morganisawizard so let me get this straight, you're trying to stop random people from spreading misinformation by letting other random people decide what misinformation is? ok. Twitter Support O @TwitterSupport Jan 25 V Today we're introducing @Birdwatch, a community-driven approach to addressing misleading information. And we want your help. (1/3) Show this thread Cancel Tweet Whales are not real! | 0:58 4.2M views 2:02 PM · Jan 25, 2021 · Twitter Web App Justin Whang @JustinWhang ... This is going to go amazingly on an app where half the userbase cannot understand sarcasm Twitter Support O @TwitterSupport - 23h * Today we're introducing @Birdwatch, a community-driven approach to addressing misleading information. And we want your help. (1/3) Show this thread Patel @patel_232 · 3m Replying to @naturelvr49 Can anyone who actually knows 6:40 PM · Jan 25, 2021 · Twitter for iPhone Justin Whang @JustinWhang ... This is going to go amazingly on an app where half the userbase cannot understand sarcasm Twitter Support O @TwitterSupport - 23h * Today we're introducing @Birdwatch, a community-driven approach to addressing misleading information. And we want your help. (1/3) Show this thread Patel @patel_232 · 3m Replying to @naturelvr49 Can anyone who actually knows 6:40 PM · Jan 25, 2021 · Twitter for iPhone

In late January 2021, multiple news outlets reported on Birdwatch, including articles by The Verge[6] and NBC News.[7]

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UnKewln00b
UnKewln00b

"Ah nice new feature. So tell me, when we get more wackos trying to claim that playing video games turns you into a racist, sexist mass shooter we can fact check them with scientific articles proving that video games have no correlation with any of those things so we can stop people from spreading misinformation?"

"Ah no, it's mostly for the Blue Checkmarks™ to shut down any wrong think like immediately deleting posts that say 'There are only 2 genders' so we don't have to do it ourselves."

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