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Twitter partners with publications to oppose misinformation

AP and Reuters will help Twitter improve information accuracy

Twitter has announced partnerships with Associated Press (AP) and Reuters to help improve their efforts to identify misinformation and improve their credibility of content on the platform.

The new partnerships will work within Twitter’s contextual explainers which now displays the “search”, “trending” and “explore” tabs, highlighting major events.

The new partners will also ensure that Twitter’s Curation team helps their users to make informed decisions about what they see on their Twitter feed.

“We are committed to making sure that when people come to Twitter to see what’s happening, they are able to easily find reliable information. Twitter will be able to expand the scale and increase the speed of our efforts to provide timely, authoritative context across the wide range of global topics and conversations that happen on Twitter every day,” the company said in a statement.

Twitter’s new crowdsourced fact-checking system Birdwatch will also leverage feedback from AP and Reuters to help determine the quality of information shared by participants.

Twitter will now be able to utilize the same sources of Reuters and AP gathering their latest news which will provide reliability Twitter’s listings and help the curators have an insight across emerging issues. The program will expand the scale and speed of context sharing, anticipating and proactively identifying emerging conversations.

During this initial phase of the program, AP and Reuters will focus on English-language content.

Head of UGC  Newsgathering at Reuters, Hazel Baker says that values like trust, accuracy and impartiality is what Reuters provide to billions of people.

“Those values also drive our commitment to stopping the spread of misinformation. We’re excited to partner with Twitter to leverage our deep global and local expertise to serve the public conversation with reliable information,” she said.

AP’s Vice President of Global Development, Tom Januszewski maintains that working with platforms like Twitter will help expand the reach of factual journalism.

“This work is core to our mission. We are particularly excited about leveraging AP’s scale and speed to add context to online conversations, which can benefit from easy access to the facts,” he said.


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