How Twitter’s moderation tool leaks again as ‘Birdwatch’ feature

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Twitter’s moderation tool leaks again as ‘Birdwatch’ feature. Based on present examples of the function as uncovered by data miners, Birdwatch appears to be a device that enables users to add ‘notes’ to tweets, vote on whether or not a tweet is an example of misinformation, and permit future viewers to review the notes for context.

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The Birdwatch feature is now not handy to users; rather, it first leaked as a ‘moderation tool’ from Jane Manchun Wong in early August, and has again surfaced, this time through social media guide Matt Navarra. In each cases, the leaks protected photographs showing the cutting-edge state of the tool, inclusive of a notes function that lists the username of the person who created it, as nicely as the date of creation, time, and an ID code.


Social media systems have been criticized as breeding grounds for all sorts of misinformation — some of it accidental, some of it intentional. The fake news and other false records can have major effects on the populations uncovered to it, the trouble compounded through algorithms that can also unwittingly toughen certain ideologies or fake ‘facts’ to the humans who engage with the topics.

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All principal social media structures have taken their very own steps towards addressing this issue, though critics have regularly pointed toward a number of troubles that still exist among them. Twitter’s Birdwatch feature is interestingly its very own potential solution to misinformation, one that will enable notes to be delivered to tweets that add context to the information.

Birdwatch — assuming the function is ultimately launched and barring radical modifications in a graph — will be reachable with the aid of tapping a binoculars photo beneath a tweet. Those who have to get entry to Birdwatch will be in a position to use this to create new notes; others will be in a position to use this to overview the history of notes made on the tweet. It’s doubtful whether all Twitter users will be in a position to make Birdwatch notes or if the feature’s availability will be limited.

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