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About

Twitter Community Notes refers to a fact-check feature on Twitter that allows a tweet's readers to give a tweet context in case the tweet is spreading misinformation or is fake news. A community note will appear underneath a tweet once enough users have positively rated it. Due to the feature's fact-checking ability, humorous moments have been caused by community notes because of the perception that the note dunked on or "clapped back" at the original poster. The feature originally debuted in 2021 under the name Birdwatch. It gained increased meme attention and discourse in early 2023 as the feature fact-checked companies, harming ad revenue, as well as fact-checked clickbait accounts.

Origin

On January 25th, 2021, the verified Twitter[1] account of @TwitterSupport tweeted an announcement about the release of Birdwatch which was advertised as "a community-driven approach to addressing misleading information." The tweet gained roughly 16,700 likes in two years. On the same day, Twitter uploaded a blog[2] post about Birdwatch's release. The blog outlined how the feature worked:

Birdwatch allows people to identify information in Tweets they believe is misleading and 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. Eventually, we aim to make notes visible directly on Tweets for the global Twitter audience, when there is consensus from a broad and diverse set of contributors.

In November 2022, Twitter changed the name of Birdwatch to Community Notes, announcing the switch in a new blog post.[3] The name change surfaced after Elon Musk's acquisition of Twitter in mid-2022.

Spread

Starting in November 2022, Twitter's community notes gained increased, viral attention on the website. For instance, on November 2nd, 2022, Twitter[4] user @micsolana tweeted a screenshot of a community note beneath a tweet from the White House, gaining roughly 125,800 likes in six months (shown below, left). On November 13th, 2022, Twitter[5] user @bethbourdon highlighted a moment where Elon Musk was fact-checked, gaining roughly 8,600 likes in six months (shown below, right). Musk was fact-checked by community notes on a few, viral occasions in late 2022.[6]


Mike Solana h-------- that fact check @micsolana Nov 2, 2022 The White House @White House Seniors are getting the biggest increase in their Social Security checks in 10 years through President Biden's leadership. Readers added context they thought people might want to know Do you Seniors will receive a large Social Security benefit increase due to the annual cost of living adjustment, which is based on the inflation rate. President Nixon in 1972 signed into law automatic benefit adjustments tied to the Consumer Price Index. Pub. L. No. 92-336 (1972). ssa.gov/history/1972am... find this helpful? Rate it ← beth @bethbourdon community notes appreciation thread 2.36 Tweet Elon Musk @elonmusk When @CommunityNotes rolls out worldwide, it will have a powerful impact on falsehoods 11:00 AM 11/11/22 Twitter for iPhone 823 Retweets 91 Quote Tweets 13.8K Likes 3:29 AM Nov 13, 2022 I WILLOI clicks to other websites/apps. Biggest click driver on the Internet by far. UTIVE a mas TTINOT VI Readers added context they thought people might want to know The reverse is true. Twitter drives 7% of web traffic referrals. Facebook drives 74%. Pinterest drives 7% datareportal.com/reports/ digita... You rated as helpful Context is written by people who use Twitter, and appears when rated ... Edit

Going into early 2023, community notes became increasingly prominent when fact-checking AI-generated images and AI art. One of the most notable examples was the Donald Trump Getting Arrested AI Art in March 2023 (example from Twitter[7] shown below).


kira* @kiracantmizz H-------- THEY GOT TRUMP SEO Readers added context they thought people might want to know Donald Trump has not been arrested. The images used in this tweet have been generated by Al: twitter.com/eliothiggins/s... Do you find this helpful? Rate it Context is written by people who use Twitter, and appears when rated helpful by others. Find out more. 10:47 AM Mar 21, 2023 8.5M Views

Uber's Community Note

On April 26th, 2023, Uber's Twitter[8] account shared an advertisement that centered on the slogan, "you’re the boss," and the hashtag #earnlikeaboss. The tweet was later deleted by Uber due to a community note being placed under it that read, "Uber advertises 'earn like a boss', however, in reality Uber driver compensation averages $11.77 per hour" (shown below, left). While Uber's tweet was still up with the fact-check in tow, many Twitter users reacted to the community note, such as Twitter[9] user @SaeedDiCaprio on May 5th, 2023, gaining roughly 89,900 likes in three weeks (shown below, right).


Uber Uber @Uber When you drive with @Uber, you're the boss #uber #earnlikeaboss 0:15 uber.com Earn like a boss Readers added context they thought people might want to know Uber advertises "earn like a boss", however, in reality Uber driver compensation averages $11.77 per hour epi.org/publication/ub... Context is written by people who use Twitter, and appears when rated helpful by others. Find out more. 1:00 PM. Apr 26, 2023 8.6M Views tytt Hurt CoPain @SaeedDiCaprio hey uber they're kicking your ass in the community notes Uber Uber @Uber. Apr 26 When you drive with @Uber, you're the boss #uber #earnlikeaboss Readers added context they thought people might want to know Uber advertises "earn like a boss", however, in reality Uber driver compensation averages $11.77 per hour epi.org/publication/ub... 12:59 AM . May 5, 2023 809.3K Views ↑

GOP Josh's Community Note

On May 23rd, 2023, Twitter[10] user @GOPJosh20, a 16-year-old "Red Future" radio host, tweeted a promo image of him reading, "The Conservative Crusader," and a caption reading, "I'm an alpha. Liberals fear me." The tweet received a community note on May 23rd (shown below, left), that read, "Josh is misrepresenting his actual physical identity. His actual identity is shown on his profile…" alleging that he'd edited his face. The community note urged its readers to look at his profile picture to see his un-edited face (shown below, right).


GOP Josh @GOPJosh20 I'm an alpha. Liberals fear me. THE CONSERVATIVE CRUSADER Voice of the Future RED-|-· FUTURE radio network Readers added context they thought people might want to know Josh is misrepresenting his actual physical identity. His actual identity is shown on his profile and this link: photos.app.goo.gl/vgeHafErUeZLKC... Do you find this helpful? Rate it 11:25 AM • May 23, 2023 12.9M Views : Context is written by people who use Twitter, and appears when rated helpful by others. Find out more.

The community note gained humorous and viral reactions by others on the platform, such as a tweet sent by Twitter[11] user @cameronwilson on May 23rd, 2023, that claimed, "this might be the most devastating community note i've ever seen," gaining roughly 24,900 likes in less than a day (shown below).


this might be the most devastating community note i've ever seen GOP Josh @GOPJosh20 I'm an alpha. Liberals fear me. cameron wilson @cameronwilson THE CONSERVATIVE CRUSADER Voice of the Future RED- FUTURE added context they thought people might want to know ● presenting his actual physical identity. entity is shown on his profile and this link: goo.gl/vgeHafErUeZLKC... his helpful? 7:05 PM - May 23, 2023 956.4K Views

Elon Musk "This Is True" Community Note

On September 18th, 2023, X/Twitter[12] user @rotten_tomato3s posted a satirical news headline reading, "Elon Musk is reportedly considering the idea of killing himself," wrongfully citing Dexerto. The post received roughly 144,800 likes in one day. The post's viral engagement was prominently caused by a community note which got featured midday on September 19th, reading, "This is true" (shown below).


rotten @rotten_tomato3s Elon Musk is reportedly considering the idea of killing himself (Via: @Dexerto) Readers added context they thought people might want to know This is true Do you find this helpful? X 4:15 PM . Sep 18, 2023 1.9M Views Rate it Context is written by people who use X, and appears when rated helpful by others. Find out more. :

Many portrayed shock regarding the community note on September 19th, 2023, such as X[13] user @SaeedDiCaprio who screenshotted the moment, writing, "THE COMMUNITY NOTE ???" gaining roughly 75,100 likes in two hours (shown below, left). X[14] user @realSereS replied to @rotten_tomato3s with the image of Venom Dunking on Spider-Man, writing, "The Community notes to Elon 😭😭😭," receiving roughly 3,000 likes in two hours (shown below, right).


Hurt CoPain @SaeedDiCaprio THE COMMUNITY NOTE ??? rotten @rotten_tomato3s 22h Elon Musk is reportedly considering the idea of killing himself (Via: @Dexerto) This is true Readers added context they thought people might want to know Subscribe 1,006 Do you find this helpful? Context is written by people who use X, and appears when rated helpful by others. Find out more. 51.8K ₁992K ↑ 7,819 X 2:44 PM. Sep 19, 2023 1.3M Views Rate it SereS @realSereS The Community notes to Elon G 2:58 PM . Sep 19, 2023 107.2K Views :

Various Examples


todd bonzalez @doinkpatrol if the community notes feature ever called me busted i'd deactivate so fast GOP Josh I'm an alpha. Liberals fear me. @GOPJosh20. 22h THE CONSERVATIVE CRUSADER Voice of the Future RED FUTURE radio network Readers added context they thought people might want to know Josh is misrepresenting his actual physical identity. His actual identity is shown on his profile and this link: photos.app.goo.gl/vgeHafErUeZLKC... Do you find this helpful? 7:33 PM - May 23, 2023 148.7K Views Rate it : zae DAILY @itszaeok them community notes be eating you up boo Daily Loud @DailyLoud May 17 Seth MacFarlane quits "Family Guy" amid Hollywood writers strike Show this thread LOUD 00 Readers added context they thought people might want to know This is misleading. Seth MacFarlane hasn't quit Family Guy or American Dad. He is stepping away from the show until the writers strike is resolved. nme.com/news/tv/seth-m... Do you find this helpful? Est. 2012 12:06 AM - May 18, 2023 474.8K Views Rate it : What if You But god said Wanted to go spread disinformation online Readers added context they thought people might want to know the community note getting sassy Food girl we get it @sixinchbeys Insider Food This deep-fried burger is super cheesy! 3:53 @insiderfood · Oct 26, 2021 Readers added context they thought people might want to know I have no idea why they're reposting several year old content but this restaurant is closed and has been for a while now as a result of - you guessed it - burn related issues. . O maps.app.goo.gl/5zs8Ryo8pe5Avk... Do you find this helpful? 7:41 PM May 21, 2023 6.2M Views Rate it : Ante D. Luvian @uncle_deluge I am in f------ tears laughing at the community note Tiff Shuttlesworth @TiffShuttleswor · Apr 17 FACT: God has never made a single drop of alcohol. The earth, has never produced a single drop of alcohol. 100% of all wine & alcohol is manufactured by fallen men. Nothing good ever comes out of alcohol. #alcohol #wine youtu.be/5SWGEPcemIA IWH WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT ALCOHOL & SOCIAL DRINKING Readers added context they thought people might want to know Jesus turned water into wine source: The Bible bible.com Grapes will ferment on the vine naturally. So much so that almost all fruit juice (of any kind) made commercially has a tiny bit of alcohol in it. Do you find this helpful? 5:37 PM - May 23, 2023 204.9K Views Rate it : Stop Cop City @JoshuaPHilll I will say community notes labeling Elon a liar hasn't gotten old, yet. Elon Musk @elonmusk Her uncle owns the Wayback machine & you're saying he deleted information for nepotism? That's a big deal. Readers added context they thought people might want to know The Internet Archive has no "owner" as a non- profit. It was founded and is chaired by Brewster Kahle, who is not related to Taylor Lorenz and has said that he has never met her. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_... twitter.com/brewster_kahle... 9:13 PM May 18, 2023 76.4K Views :

Search Interest

External References

[1] Twitter – @TwitterSupport

[2] Twitter Blog – Introducing Birdwatch

[3] Twitter Blog – About Community Notes on Twitter

[4] Twitter – @micsolana

[5] Twitter – @bethbourdon

[6] Twitter – @elonmusk

[7] Twitter – @kiracantmizz

[8] Internet Archive – @uber

[9] Twitter – @SaeedDiCaprio

[10] Twitter – @GOPJosh20

[11] Twitter – @cameronwilson

[12] X – @rotten_tomato3s

[13] X – @SaeedDiCaprio

[14] X – @realSereS

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They are nice and all, but as it is with all things with a speck of "authority" over information someone will inevitably use it for agendas be it personal , political, or just to spite someone , so remember to fact check yourself if you are having doubts about something.

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