#AceNewsReport – Jan.26: The initiative, named ‘Birdwatch’, is being trialled among a small group in the US initially. The firm acknowledged the new system would have to be “resistant to manipulation attempts”………Companies like Twitter are looking at how they can better moderate their platforms.
Twitter Encourages Users to Snitch on Each Other with ‘Birdwatch’ Feature
Lucas Nolan26 Jan 2021: LATEST UPDATE: 05:59:GMT:
Social media giant Twitter has announced a new feature called “Birdwatch” which aims to encourage users to police and flag each other’s tweets if they believe they spread misinformation. The company claims it wants to “broaden the range of voices” fighting against misinformation, but the feature has the potential to devolve into flagging wars between different factions of users.
In a recent blog post, Twitter announced a new feature on its site called “Birdwatch,” which allows users to add notes with “helpful context” to tweets that they believe are misleading. To participate, users must have certain information on file with Twitter such as their phone number, ostensibly to prove the account belongs to a real person.
The company posted an animated video with a brief example of the feature which can be seen below:
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Twitter stated in the blog post that it wants to apply labels and context to Tweets but doesn’t want to “limit efforts to circumstances where something breaks our rules or receives widespread public attention.” The company also said that it wants to “broaden the range of voices” that are tackling misinformation.
The company explained how the feature will work, writing:
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 this first phase of the pilot, notes will only be visible on a separate Birdwatch site. On this site, pilot participants can also rate the helpfulness of notes added by other contributors. These notes are being intentionally kept separate from Twitter for now, while we build Birdwatch and gain confidence that it produces context people find helpful and appropriate. Additionally, notes will not have an effect on the way people see Tweets or our system recommendations.
Twitter stated that it has conducted “more than 100 qualitative interviews with individuals across the political spectrum who use Twitter,” and has received “broad general support” for the Birdwatch program.
The company stated that all data contributed to Birdwatch will be available to download and that it will update a public “Birdwatch Guide” that users can review. Twitter also stated that it’s embedding a member of the University of Chicago’s Center for RISC on the Birdwatch team.
The blog post ends stating:
We know this might be messy and have problems at times, but we believe this is a model worth trying. We invite you to learn alongside as we continue to explore different ways of addressing a common problem. Follow @Birdwatch for the latest updates and to provide feedback on how we are doing.
In recent months Twitter has taken increasingly active steps to censor former President Donald Trump and has since permanently suspended him from the platform.
In a recent article discussing Twitter’s suspension of President Trump, Breitbart News reported that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was relaxing on a private island in French Polynesia when he received a phone call on January 6 from Twitter’s top lawyer and safety expert Vijaya Gadde, the notorious leftist who previously appeared alongside Dorsey on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast.
Gadde informed Dorsey that Twitter had suspended President Trump’s account temporarily to prevent him from posting further statements relating to the U.S. Capitol protests that could incite violence. Dorsey was reportedly concerned about the decision but he had delegated moderation decisions to Gadde and generally deferred to her on account suspensions and did so again.
The New York Times recently reported that Twitter employees gathered in a virtual meeting to discuss the decision to remove President Trump from the platform, many were grateful that Twitter had taken action while others simply wanted to leave the “Trump era” behind, but many were very emotional over the situation and cried.
‘ Twitter pilot to let users flag ‘false’ content and Tweet their Findings on a ‘ Birdwatch ‘ site
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Twitter said on Monday: “We know this might be messy and have problems at times, but we believe this is a model worth trying.” ……….Twitter, along with other large social media companies, has struggled to deal with disinformation on its platform: The pilot will allow users to flag tweets they believe to be “misleading or false”, provide evidence to the contrary and discuss them with other – on a separate ‘Birdwatch’ site:
Additional notes and flags would then be placed on to content: Twitter says this new approach could help it respond more quickly when misleading information spreads.
” 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,” Twitter said:
Twitter also reserves the right to remove tweets – and in extreme circumstances ban users – which it did with the US president after the riots in Washington earlier this month:
Twitter, though, wants to go further: “We don’t want to limit efforts to circumstances where something breaks our rules or receives widespread public attention,” said Twitter’s Vice-President Keith Coleman: Participants will have to provide a verified phone number and email to take part, in a bid to keep bots and bad actors away, as well as having no recent rule violations against their Twitter account.
President Biden said in his inauguration speech that: “We must reject a culture where facts are manipulated, or even manufactured.”
#AceNewsDesk report …………..Published: Jan.26: 2021:
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