Twitter is enlisting its users to help combat misinformation on its service by flagging and notating misleading and false tweets.
The pilot program, called Birdwatch, allows a preselected group of users – for now, only in the U.S. – who sign up through Twitter. Those who want to sign up must have a U.S.-based phone carrier, verified email and phone number, and no recent Twitter rule violations.
Twitter said it wants both experts and non-experts to write Birdwatch notes. It cited Wikipedia as a site that thrives with non-expert contributions.
The company said, “In concept testing, we’ve seen non-experts write concise, helpful and easy-to-understand notes, often citing valuable expert sources.”
Twitter, along with other social media companies, has been grappling how best to combat misinformation on its service. Despite tightened rules and enforcement, falsehoods about the U.S. presidential election and the coronavirus continue to spread.