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Twitter’s Fact Checking Community Notes Now Included on Quote Retweets

Twitter has been trying really hard to crack down on the level of misinformation that gets shared on its platform, and Community Notes have been a big part of that. Previously called Birdwatch prior to Elon Musk’s acquisition of the social media platform, this fact checking feature has been an important weapon in the fight against the spread of fake new.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that Twitter is now expanding Community Notes to Quote Retweets. This will give the fact checking feature a much wider level of reach than might have been the case otherwise, along with providing far more context that people can use to ensure that the information that they are seeing is truly factual.

Back in September, Twitter made the rules that determined who could contribute to the fact checking a bit stricter. They did because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up making the contributions easier to trust. The new requirements include things like verified phone numbers, a minimum six months of Twitter usage as well as no policy violations in the recent past.

One thing that might be a point of contention is that only verified phone numbers that come from US carriers are allowed. This might make it so that people outside of the US would not be able to take part in the conversation, even though they comprise a large chunk of Twitter’s users with all things having been considered and taken into account.

Twitter also tried to improve the algorithm for Community Notes so that low quality comments could get filtered out. Users making low quality notes will be banned from making any more.

All in all, it seems like the social media platform is genuinely attempting to take some steps that can lead to progress on all fronts. That is something that will truly change the face of the platform and help to solve some of the major issues that caused misinformation to spread rapidly during the height of the pandemic.


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