Twitter hooks up with news agencies to ‘elevate credible information’

Twitter has partnered with Associated Press (AP) and Reuters to ‘help’ Twitter users access what it calls credible and reliable information on the platform.

The partnership will allow Twitter’s curation team to consult with AP and Reuters to provide additional context to breaking news and trending topics (such as covid).

This could include labels attached to tweets about a particular event (covid) or additional information in Twitter’s “Moment” function.

In a blog post, Twitter says its users can expect “more Trends with contextual descriptions and links to reporting from trusted sources more frequently”.

AP and Reuters will initially focus on English-language content in this partnership.

The news follows the launch of a community-based Twitter initiative called Birdwatch, which encouraged users to flag tweets they believed to be misleading.

Twitter says: “Birdwatch allows people to identify information in Tweets they believe is misleading and write notes that provide informative context.

“We believe this approach has the potential to respond quickly when misleading information spreads, adding context that people trust and find valuable.

“Eventually we aim to make notes visible directly on Tweets for the global Twitter audience, when there is consensus from a broad and diverse set of contributors.”

The Buzz says; the key word here is “believe”. What should matter is truth, not belief.