Twitter launches Birdwatch, a fact-checking program intended to fight misinformation

Twitter launches Birdwatch, a fact-checking program intended to fight misinformation


Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Twitter has launched its Birdwatch program, meant to address misinformation on the platform by allowing users to fact-check tweets, the company announced Monday. Users in the pilot program, which will only include about 1,000 users in the US to start, will eventually be able to add notes to tweets to provide context.

For now, users participating in the pilot can write notes on individual tweets, but the notes won’t be publicly visible on Twitter itself, only on the public Birdwatch website. Pilot users can also rate notes submitted by other participants in the program there.

Here’s an example of what a tweet with the Birdwatch notes would look like:

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An example of what tweets with Birdwatch notes…

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