Misinformation spreads quickly due to social media amplification. Famous people have tweeted misinformation. Community Notes, Twitter’s crowdsourced fact-checking program, now lets users remove such retweets.
Twitter will notify users if Community Notes contributors add context to a tweet they liked, retweeted, or replied to. “This helps give people extra context that they might otherwise miss,” the company tweeted.
Starting today, you’ll get a heads up if a Community Note starts showing on a Tweet you’ve replied to, Liked or Retweeted. This helps give people extra context that they might otherwise miss. pic.twitter.com/LIcGgl2zdJ
— Community Notes (@CommunityNotes) February 21, 2023
Likes, retweets, and replies give tweets relevance in recommendation algorithms, and Twitter has been pushing its algorithmic feed for a while. People may unfollow or unlike a Community Notes contributor if their context disproves the original view.
US users first used “Birdwatch” in 2021. After buying Twitter, Elon Musk renamed it “Community Notes,” which Jack Dorsey called the “most boring Facebook name ever.”
Twitter introduced global Community Notes in December. The company started accepting notes from non-US contributors in January. Community Notes lacks global context.
Musk & co. have tweaked the algorithm to increase low-quality note visibility, extend contributor note types, and stabilize contribution impact scores over the last few months.
Twitter has relied more on algorithms and crowdsourcing for content moderation since the new management laid off several people, including safety and trust contractors. The company has cut off free API access to researchers, many of whom reported hate speech and misinformation on the platform.