Twitter offers nicknames to Birdwatch contributors
Twitter offers nicknames to Birdwatch contributors

Twitter is offering participants nicknames to a moderation tool called Birdwatch so they don't have to include their usernames in notes they leave on other people's tweets, the company announced.

The social media platform Birdwatch launched in January as a crowdsourcing method to search for tweets that might contain misleading or inaccurate information.

However, the company said the vast majority of Birdwatch pilot contributors prefer using pseudonyms to post posts. This preference is strongest for black women and contributors.

The company said its research shows aliases can reduce bias by focusing on the content of the notes, rather than the author of the birdwatching notes.

I've also found that nicknames can help people feel comfortable crossing guerrilla lines and help reduce polarization.

Twitter released a beta version of Birdwatch in January. This allows participating users to review the Tweet and add notes with additional context.

Bird watchers can also comment on other people's observations. Comments will not be displayed in any other way on the Platform. But it is posted on a public birdwatching website.

As a condition of participation, Birdwatch applicants must pledge to act and provide assistance in good faith, even if they do not. It also requires honest and constructive contributions to help others understand the situation.

The company also said it is publishing the Birdwatch account page to ensure that the change does not come at the expense of liability. This allows users to view past posts on Birdwatch and makes contributors responsible for the ratings they get from their comments.

Twitter wants to protect members from moderation tools

Applies to users who have participated in the Birdwatch beta and have already provided their Twitter username. It now appears that all previous posts are from his alias, not their Twitter username.

However, if someone who has read your notes already remembers the username they entered, they can infer your nickname, the company said, adding that users can delete all of their past posts on Birdwatch by contacting the company. lonliness. Bird watching.

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