Twitter Expands ‘Birdwatch’ Experiment in The U.S.

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Twitter has announced plans to expand Birdwatch, a fact-checking crowdsourcing program.

The Birdwatch project allows users to add context to misleading tweets. Twitter announced that a “small and randomized” group of users in the US will see the notes created by members of its Birdwatch pilot program.

The notes will appear “directly on some tweets,” allowing new participants to rate the notes and send feedback on their effectiveness to the Birdwatch program.

Twitter’s Birdwatch program is believed to be one of several plans to effectively limit the spread of misinformation.

Notes that appear to users mean the expanded program has been rated as “helpful” by “enough Birdwatch contributors from different perspectives.”

Twitter added that it creates perspective profiles for all participants in the program. To this end, the company is compiling how the program’s participants have rated notes in the past.

Since its launch about a year ago, Twitter’s Birdwatch program has about 10,000 contributors.

For more information read the original story in ZDNet.


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