Fact Checking

by | Jan 31, 2021

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Twitter is using its members to check its facts. I’m Brian Banmiller on Business.

The social media company has unveiled a program called birdwatch. It allows a pre-selected group of users to flag and notates misleading and false tweets. To qualify you must live in the united states, have a u-s based phone carrier, verified email, phone number and no recent twitter rule violations. In the past few weeks, following the twenty-twenty election, Twitter is trying to find a way to fight back against misleading information on its platform. But despite more rules and enforcement, false claims about the results and the pandemic continued to spread. So, it began concept testing and developed a birdwatch, which it says is similar to how Wikipedia works. Of course, critics are doubtful that users are the best ones to dictate content but Twitter has a plan for anyone trying to game the system. The company plans to attach a “helpfulness score” to each note. Anything that passes will be labeled “currently rated helpful.” the program will start with one thousand users and eventually expand beyond the u-s. Everyone needs an editor. Brian banmiller, CBS news.

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CBS News Radio national business journalist Brian Banmiller has spent more than 40 years in the news industry, covering business, politics and the economy on television, radio and in print. Currently, his “Banmiller on Business” reports are delivered to an audience of millions nationwide.

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