Twitter Tests Community Notes for Images and Videos to Fight Misinformation

Twitter Tests Community Notes for Images and Videos to Fight Misinformation

News by Roberto OrosaRoberto Orosa
Published: May 31, 2023

Twitter is testing a new feature that lets in-house contributors attach notes to tweets that may contain misleading images and videos.  

Rolling out on May 31, the new pilot feature addresses misinformation associated with AI-generated images and manipulated videos.  

Community Notes for media will appear for all tweets containing these types of content.  

Only contributors with a Writing Impact of 10 or above will have the option to mark tweets containing potentially misleading media, regardless of whoever tweets it. Writing Impact scores increase whenever users mark a Community Note as “Helpful.” 

Once an image is noted by an author, it will be marked with an “about the image” label to inform readers how the media should be interpreted. The specific tweet itself will not be marked.  

While the beta version only supports adding notes to images, the social media platform plans to expand the feature to include videos and tweets with multiple videos and images.  

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Community Notes was first launched in 2022 as “Birdwatch.” Following Elon Musk’s takeover, the fact-checking system was then renamed to Community Notes and made available to all Twitter users, along with many other features. 

Previously, only users from the U.S. were allowed to be Community Notes contributors, but early this year the social media company also opened its program to contributors from the U.K., Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. 

Since then, the tool has been used to debunk false statements from popular tweets by adding context to them via links and reports.  

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