Twitter collaborates with news organizations to combat misinformation.

Twitter will work with Reuters and the Associated Press, two of the world’s largest news organizations, to dispel misinformation on its messaging platform.

The news organizations will assist Twitter in providing greater context and background information on events that result in a large number of tweets.

Twitter expects that this will help to prevent the spread of false information.

There has been renewed pressure on the platform to delete bogus content.

According to Twitter, the cooperation would allow it to ensure that accurate and credible information is provided quickly “when facts are in dispute”.

“Rather than waiting until something goes viral, Twitter will contextualize developing discourse at pace with or in anticipation of the public conversation,” Twitter said.

When large or rapidly developing Twitter conversations occur that are noteworthy or contentious, Twitter’s Curation team identifies and promotes relevant context from credible sources to counter potentially erroneous material shared by users.

In a blogpost, Twitter said the new program would “increase the scale and speed” of this work by increasing their “capacity to add reliable context to conversations happening on Twitter”.

Twitter’s Curation team

When Twitter’s Curation team “doesn’t have the relevant knowledge or access to a high enough volume of trustworthy reporting on Twitter,” the article added, material from Reuters and AP would increase information credibility on the network.

According to a Twitter spokeswoman, this is the first time the social media company has formally cooperated with news organizations to promote correct information on its platform.

Twitter unveiled Birdwatch, a new community-moderation mechanism earlier this year that allowed volunteers to flag posts that were false.

Twitter will collaborate

Twitter will collaborate with the two rival news organizations individually, beginning focusing on English-language content.

Trust, truth, and impartiality are at the “heart of what Reuters does every day,” according to Hazel Baker, head of user-generated content newsgathering at Reuters, and “fuel” the company’s “commitment to stopping the spread of disinformation.”

According to Tom Januszewski, the Associated Press’ vice president of global business development, the news organization has a “long history of working closely with Twitter, as well as other platforms, to extend the reach of factual journalism.”

“We’re particularly thrilled about harnessing AP’s scale and speed to provide context to online exchanges,” he stated.

Both Reuters and AP also work with Facebook on fact checks.

This effort would be separate from the work done by Twitter’s Trust & Safety teams to examine if Tweets are in violation of Twitter’s guidelines. These teams’ responsibilities include labeling tweets that contain manipulated media, electoral misinformation, or sensitive material that is in violation of the platforms’ policies.

With 199 million daily Twitter users worldwide, according to a 2020 report by NYU Stern, Twitter has over 1,500 moderators.


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