Twitter partners with Reuters, AP to combat misinformation

The focus will remain on English-language content in the initial phase of the programme.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

Twitter Inc on Monday announced a partnership with international news agencies Reuters and the Associated Press (AP) to provide more context to tweets and posts on the social network.

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The move comes as misinformation continues to spread rapidly across social media, especially Twitter, that is used widely as a source of quick daily news.

The microblogging platform will use insights from the agencies to verify and explain why a topic is trending and attach context in the form of a tweet or a short description. Through the partnership, people can expect more trends with contextual descriptions and links to reporting from trusted sources more frequently, Twitter noted in a statement.

Credible news from Reuters and AP will help Twitter contextualise developing discourse so that misinformation can be ruled out before it becomes viral, the company added.

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The partnership will also support experimentation in existing products like Birdwatch, Twitter’s own tool to eliminate misleading tweets.

The focus will remain on English-language content in the initial phase of the programme, but will soon be expanded to other languages, Twitter said.

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