Twitter made its Community Notes feature available to all users worldwide over the weekend. Community Notes, formerly named as Birdwatch when it was introduced in January 2021, when Jack Dorsey was the CEO of Twitter, is a means for the microblogging service to counter misinformation.
By enabling moderators to post educational and beneficial notes to tweets in order to provide context, the functionality adopts an open-source strategy for disproving deceptive content. The context is then voted on by users to determine if they find it useful or not.
Users in the US were the only ones who could access Community Notes in the past. According to Twitter, “people from all over the world can now access and evaluate notes, helping to ensure notes are beneficial to folks from a wide range of opinions.”
On Twitter’s Community Notes page, people can sign up if they want to participate. The contributor base will grow one nation at a time. At first, contributors will just be able to rate notes, but later on, they will also be able to add context.
Elon Musk, the newly appointed CEO of Twitter, dubbed the function “a gamechanger [sic] for boosting accuracy on Twitter.”
Since he paid $44 billion for the social media platform, the business billionaire has made a number of modifications to it. He started by firing the company’s executives and halving the workforce. Additionally, he updated Twitter’s Blue membership to let regular users to add a verified checkmark for an additional $8 per month. However, this was ultimately removed since numerous trolls took use of the new ability to publish offensive content and impersonate other people. Twitter will relaunch Blue today, with prices starting at $8 for web users and $11 for iPhone users.
Blue members will now need to confirm their phone number in order to receive a verified checkmark. The checkmark will be lost while Twitter checks their account again if they alter their profile picture, user name, or user handle.