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Twitter Is Testing Out a Community-Based Approach to Fake News

It's about damn time.
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It's clear Twitter is committed to filtering out misleading information. The app's latest move, a community-based approach called Birdwatch, hopes to address just that. Think of it as a kind of neighborhood watch—but for fake news.  

The app introduced the feature through a series of tweets, saying: "Today we’re introducing @Birdwatch, a community-driven approach to addressing misleading information. And we want your help." It continued, "We'll use the notes and your feedback to help shape this program and learn how to reach our goal of letting the Twitter community decide when and what context is added to a Tweet."

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How does it work? Well, Twitter users will be able to identify information in tweets that could be misleading. With the feature, people will be able to write notes that provide context. It's about damn time.

Right now, however, only people who live in the U.S. are allowed to test Birdwatch out. Those who try it will be able to add notes to help figure out tweets that may be misleading. The notes won't appear on Twitter, instead, they'll be able to view here.

In other tech news, WhatsApp has delayed its previously announced policy changes, and cleared things up about the whole thing.

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Paolo Chua is the Associate Style Editor of Esquire Philippines.
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