Twitter plans to collaborate with two of the largest international news providers, Reuters and the Associated Press, to debunk disinformation on its messaging site. The news agencies will help the microblogging site to give more context and background information on events that create a high volume of tweets.Twitter hopes this will counteract the spread of misleading information. There has been renewed pressure to remove false content from the platform.The microblogging company also added that the partnership will allow it to ensure accurate and credible information is rapidly available when facts are in dispute.
The company said that rather than waiting until something goes viral the company will contextualize developing discourse at pace with or in anticipation of the public conversation. Currently, when large or rapidly growing conversations happen on Twitter that may be noteworthy or controversial. The company’s Curation team finds and promotes relevant context from reliable sources to counter potentially misleading information posted by users.
In a blogpost, the microblogging company said the new programme would increase the scale and speed of this work by increasing their capacity to add reliable context to conversations happening. The post said material from Reuters and AP would improve information credibility on the platform when Twitter Curation team doesn’t have the specific expertise or access to a high enough volume of reputable reporting.
It is the first time the company has formally collaborated with news organisations to promote accurate information on its site. Earlier this year, the company launched Birdwatch, a new community-moderation system that enabled volunteers to label tweets they found to be inaccurate.It will work separately with the two rival news agencies and will focus initially on English-language content.