Twitter for the past few hours made public its “bird watching” tool in certain regions of the world. This is another feature that They hope that they can better moderate any misinformation that may appear on the platform.. So it follows that retweet limited or Tweets with labels. There is one important difference here, however: the user community decides.
The truth is that the feature was first shown in October 2020. Now Twitter says they are finally starting the pilot they are currently bringing in users from the US. These users can participate to decide and Notification of content posted on Twitter that may be false or misleading.
– Twitter support (@TwitterSupport) January 25, 2021
The idea that Twitter has with this is power provide more context for this Tweets it can be misleading or possibly misleading. On the flip side, they seek the participation and direct involvement of the user community, which makes them more diverse and empathetic to the community itself.
For the moment it is Tweets that have been “marked” by the community are displayed with notes in a page devoted to bird watching. Said The notes in principle show and explain why the Tweeter in question is not entirely correct. Twitter ensures that the fact that a Tweeter The notification by Birdwatch does not mean that the recommendations and visibility are affected.
In a future Expect the reviews to be directly visible on Twitter and next to Tweets Mark. As a kind of extra button that, when pressed, shows the notes that tell why Tweeter That is not completely right. Of course, only “if there is consensus on a large and diverse group of employees,” explains Twitter.
After all, Twitter promises to be an open and transparent tool. To do this, they make the code used available to everyone and all data generated by Birdwatch can also be downloaded daily. They say doing this for “opportunities or shortcomings that can help us come up with an effective solution faster”.
In the hands of the community
The interesting point of all of this is how the user community gains weight in decision making. Users who participate in Birdwatch can notify when Tweeter it is wrong. With a simple button you can choose one of the options for the Tweeter is incorrect or possibly misleading. In addition, notes can be added to indicate why this is wrong, such as links to verified information on the subject.
Other users can then rate these notes and rate them so that if there is consensus they will be more prominent. With all of this essentially The user is responsible for warning and disclosing incorrect content. Thanks to Birdwatch, context is added to the context with more visibility Tweets than one that can be generated with responses and threads that lose visibility.
Leaving that decision in the hands of the user community can be as effective as it is disastrous. But This is neither the first nor the last time it will be done. In a sense, forums do the same with their rating systems by showing comments that other users believe are correct. On the other hand, we have the example of Wikipedia as one of the collaborative internet projects and in the hands of the most successful users.
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