Twitter was one of the first social media sites to introduce a fact-checking feature to combat misinformation. This is a function normally performed by website algorithms or by its own staff, but Twitter will soon allow some users to review Tweets.
Individuals who register for the Birdwatch program can add notes to refute false or misleading tweets, and check the reliability of factual comments made by other program users.
Public fact-checking was first published in the US, where users with verified email addresses and phone numbers, as well as those who did not violate Twitter’s rules, could register for the Birdwatch program. A total of 1,000 users can register for this program with Twitter. Fact-checking does not appear on the main site but on a separate page.
If this program is successful, Twitter will expand it to 100,000 users and more regions around the world. The fact-checking results are also displayed on the main website.
By giving control to the public, social networks can regain trust in the website system and manage misinformation and fake news on the platform.