According to foreign media reports,Twitter is developing a new product called birdwatch, which the company has confirmed is a solution to the problem of error messages on its platform by providing more annotated context for tweets.Tweets can be added to birdwatch through the pull-down menu of tweets, which means that they are marked for auditing. Other screening and reporting tools can be found here. A small telescope icon will also appear on tweets posted to the twitter timeline.
When you click this button, users are directed to a screen where they can view their tweet history.
This section allows users to record their contributions, that is, their birdwatch notes.
This summer, reverse engineer Jane Manchun Wong discovered the feature via Twitter, but at that time it was in the early stages of development and it had no name, but it clearly showed an interface for tagging tweets, voting tweets for being misleading, adding comments and further explanations.
A few days after her discovery, twitter updated its web app, limiting further investigation into the feature.
This week, however, a very similar interface was found in Twitter's code, this time on IOS.
It's not clear whether every user on twitter will get comment tweet permission with additional context, or whether such permission needs to be approved or only open to specific users or fact checkers.
Chris Messina, an early adopter and tag inventor of twitter, publicly questioned whether birdwatch would become a "citizen monitoring" system for monitoring false information on twitter. It turned out that he was right.
Based on the line entries he found in the twitter code, these comments -- birdwatch notes -- called contributions, seem to imply a crowdsourcing system.
In fact, this strategy is not new to twitter. For several years, Twitter's real-time streaming app periscope has relied on crowdsourcing technology to ease comments on real-time streaming media to combat abuse.
However, from a non-technical point of view, there is still a lot of unknowns about how birdwatch will work.
The Twitter was contacted for comment, but Twitter declined to provide details about its Birdwatch plan, but confirmed that the feature was designed to prevent the spread of misinformation.
A twitter spokesman told techcrunch: "we are exploring ways to deal with false information and provide more context for tweets on twitter. Error messages are a key issue and we will test many different ways to solve it. "