Twitter collaborates with news agencies Associated Press and Reuters to fight more proactively misinformation on its platform the company has announced. The platform’s in-house teams are already working to explain and add content to Twitter content, but it says the two news agencies will help provide more authoritative information, especially when the facts are in dispute.
In particular, Twitter says it wants to be more active in providing accurate information on topics as they evolve before false information emerges. “Instead of waiting for something to spread like a virus, Twitter contextualizes the evolving conversation at the pace or anticipation of public debate,” the forum says. Reuters and Associated Press also provides feedback on the fact review provided through the Twitter crowd Bird watching program, which is currently in the experimental phase.
We are pleased to announce a new cooperation @AP and @Reuters! The conversations are progressing fast on Twitter, and we need to be able to uncover a credible context just as quickly. Learn more about where to see these updates: https://t.co/ptp5PWiFxq
– Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) August 2, 2021
The collaboration will expand Twitter’s existing efforts to prevent false information from spreading to its platform. The company’s Curation team is already adding explanatory content Popular topics and certain misleading tweetsand reveal authoritative information when users search for certain terms or major events such as elections or public health emergencies. But Twitter says the new partnerships will help “when Twitter’s curation team doesn’t have the special expertise or access to a sufficient number of reputable reports on Twitter.”
This is the first time Twitter has officially partnered with news agencies to provide accurate information on its site says Reuters. Associated Press and Reuters are already working with Facebook to verify content on its platform, BBC news notes.
Twitter says cooperation with the two news agencies will be separate from the work of its own monitoring teams, and neither Associated Press not either Reuters decide if Tweets violate Twitter rules.
New partnerships come when social media platforms have to control the misinformation disseminated by regulators. The problem has become particularly acute in the light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, where false information about the virus and now its vaccines has spread online. Last month, U.S. surgeon General Vivek Murthy called platforms do more to combat coronavirus misinformation, including redesigning their algorithms to avoid confirming them.