(ANSA) – SAN FRANCISCO, 25 JAN – Enlist users to report alleged disinformation episodes on Twitter: this is the initiative announced by the same social network that is preparing to launch a new project called ‘Birdwatch’. A play on words that winks at the Twitter logo, a little bird whose tweets must be carefully ‘observed’ from now on.
The idea is to allow users of the social network to identify messages that could be false or misleading.
An initiative, they explained to Twitter, launched in the wake of the new effort to stem content deemed “false and harmful” and which saw its most striking moment with the suspension of the account of former US President Donald Trump.
It will start as a pilot project in the United States, explained Twitter vice president Keith Coleman. It should work like this: People who identify information in tweets that they find misleading will write context notes. “Ultimately – Coleman said – we aim to make the notes visible directly on the tweets to the global Twitter audience, when there is consensus from a wide and diverse of contributors.”
While the details of the new project are not yet clear, it appears that it will be based on a Wikipedia-like approach in which information is checked and verified by a wide range of users. (HANDLE).
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