Twitter’s ‘Birdwatch’ is an experiment in fighting misinformation

Twitter has a new experimental tool called Birdwatch, and it’s part of the platform’s efforts to expand its arsenal of weapons against misinformation online. Social media consultant Matt Navarra has tweeted screenshots of the feature on mobile, showing what it looks like in its current state. Apparently, the tool will be added as an option in the drop-down menu where users can also find the Mute, Block and Report buttons.

MORE INFO about Twitter’s ‘Birdwatch’ feature spotted.Looks like it allows you to attach notes to a tweet. May allow you to create public and private notes. pic.twitter.com/GNGEg2AmwT

— Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) October 1, 2020

When a user adds a post to Birdwatch, they’re essentially flagging it for moderation. They’ll also be able to add notes, which can be private or be made public, explaining why they flagged that particular tweet. If the feature gets implemented, Twitter will place a new icon that looks like a pair of binoculars (or glasses) at the bottom of a tweet that shows users’ Birdwatch notes about it. Also, the platform will add a new tab named “Birdwatch Notes” on its interface’s sidebar where users can keep track of their contributions. App researcher Jane Manchun Wong first discovered the presence of the tool in its early form back in August when it was much simpler and had no name yet.