Last year, the company introduced a unique Birdwatch initiative. It unites active users who help developers identify false or malicious tweets. Now Twitter is expanding the reach of this fact-checking community.
According to an official statement from the company’s representatives last week, they are making significant changes to Birdwatch to make it even more efficient. The task of this community is to detect inaccurate posts and thus reduce the spread of misinformation. When tweets with false data are identified, activists can leave relevant notes (rather than deleting the post) so that other readers understand the context.
Following the changes to this initiative, new users who wish to participate in the program will need to go through a carefully considered onboarding process. It will help them better understand their tasks and teach them how to write competent accompanying comments. They will have so-called “influence points,” which will be used to determine the degree of trust in these users. Beginners will have zero points; as they work, they will be able to increase their number. At the same time, if the quality of their work falls, they will lose points and may even be blocked.
Along with introducing the new registration and onboarding process, Twitter plans to expand the user base that has access to Birdwatch tools. It will help managers select the most reliable candidates and quickly and effectively identify misinformation. The developers also plan to increase the visibility and availability of fact-checking notes and mark useful and reliable tweets.
What do you think of this Twitter initiative? In your opinion, is it the first step towards limiting freedom of speech? Do you plan to take part in this program?