Social platforms, at least the most popular ones, must act, at a certain level, on the content they convey. To fight in particular fake news and disinformation.
The fake news and other bad information would be much more difficult to exist without the presence of social platforms like Facebook , Twitter and others. This is something to be reckoned with in our society today. And these super-popular giant platforms act, to some extent, against this dangerous content. Twitter, for example, is launching a new tool in this regard.
Twitter launches Birdwatch tool to fight fake news
Fake news is a real scourge, some people don’t take the time to read an entire article or learn about other sources before sharing this or that information. This means that, even if the person didn’t really mean to share false information, they do. And this is a concern that social platforms, at least some, are trying to address.
by involving the public
Twitter has just announced the launch of a brand new platform called Birdwatch. Rather than relying on Twitter’s own moderators and other algorithms to identify fake news, Birdwatch is appealing to the public.
According to a statement released by the social microblogging service: “Birdwatch allows people to identify information in tweets that they believe can be misleading and write comments to add contextual notions. We are convinced that this approach has the potential to offer a rapid response early on in the spread of false information, adding context that people can rely on and find interesting. Ultimately, we plan to make these notes visible directly in tweets to all Twitter users, where there is a clear consensus from a large number of contributors. ”
Twitter acknowledges that there could be some startup issues, during which time the whole could be very messy as users accidentally (or completely on purpose) attempt to identify legitimate posts as misleading, but the platform is convinced it is worth a try. Who knows, maybe we’ll have something useful for the good. For those who are interested, you can visit the Project Birdwatch page for more information.