Twitter has announced Birdwatch, a new service whose purpose is to allow the community out there to deal with misleading tweets that could contribute to misinformation.

The purpose of this update is as simple as it could be: users who come across tweets they believe spread misinformation can just mark them and add a note to explain why they believe they should be flagged.

While at this point these notes are only available for contributors, Twitter says the purpose is to make them visible for everyone on its social platform, thus making sure only credible information is provided.

Contributors will obviously play a key role, as they are the ones deciding what content is likely to be misleading on Twitter.

“We believe this approach has the potential to respond quickly when misleading information spreads, adding context that people trust and find valuable. Eventually we aim to make notes visible directly on Tweets for the global Twitter audience, when there is consen… (read more)