Leaked documents have revealed that Twitter is testing a China-social credit style community-based points system that encourages users to fact-check “harmfully misleading” tweets in exchange for “points.”
In the leaked demo, this feature is titled “Community Notes” and asks users to “contribute in good faith and act like a good neighbor.”
The demo reads “the more points you earn, the more your vote counts” and sums up the goal of Community Notes as: “Together we act to help each other understand what’s happening in the world, and protect each other from those who would drive us apart.”
The Community Notes feature works by asking users to rate whether a tweet is “likely” or “unlikely” to be “harmfully misleading” and then asking them to rate how many Twitter users will agree with them on a percentage scale.
Twitter users are also asked why they believe the tweet is “harmfully misleading.”
Here's what the community reporting tool could look like.
Two schools of thought on community moderation:
—Without checks, it could be brigaded by bad actors, as most things do. But!
—Bad actors could get scarlet letter'd by abusing the reports functionhttps://t.co/Yhyv45WFjG pic.twitter.com/cE3CJJA0hB
— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) February 20, 2020
Another screenshot from this leaked demo shows how these Community Notes could be applied to tweets with bright orange badges on tweets that have been classed as “harmfully misleading.”
Below these tweets is a “Top Reports” section which shows the fact-checks on the tweets.
Twitter has confirmed that this leaked demo “is one possible iteration of a new policy to target misinformation” which will be introduced on March 5.
It appears that this social credit fact-checking system will be used on tweets from politicians and public figures.
Several Twitter users have expressed skepticism about whether this system will be used fairly or instead just push one side of the narrative.
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) February 20, 2020
So, proponents of ideologies that are underrepresented on Twitter will have their tweets routinely flagged as misinformation?
Everyone who's reading this knows exactly what's going to happen/who's going to be targeted.
For that reason alone it's absurd.https://t.co/9rJLZJtvai
— John (@JohnFMiller86) February 20, 2020
I can't forsee anything that could possibly go wrong with this……#MinistryOfTruth
— Bryan Jones (@bpjauburn) February 20, 2020
This leaked demo comes just a few weeks after Twitter said that “manipulated media” would be targeted under this same March 5 “misinformation” policy – a decision that many Twitter users saw as an attack on memes.