After having launched several functions thinking only about making money, Twitter has launched a new feature that will serve everyone. After having been boosting the benefits of the Twitter Blue subscription (including the famous blue check) and even removing a safety feature, the social network led by Elon Musk wants to prevent people from falling into the clutches of misinformation.
A few days ago, Twitter released an update to its Community Notes feature that will allow users to be notified when the community adds an informative note to a tweet they have previously interacted with (liked, retweeted, commented or quoted).
The Community Notes feature allows selected users to create informative notes about misleading or uninformative tweets, in order to provide context and prevent (or reduce) the spread of hoaxes/fake news. Any Twitter user can view these notes, but, at least for the time being, only users in the United States can join the program.
This latest update could be very useful, for example, for people who have retweeted misleading tweets without their knowledge, allowing them to realize it, remove the interaction or even spread the word to their followers that the tweet they RTed was a flight.
Community Notes are an essential part of Elon Musk’s restructuring plan after his arrival. Through these notes, Twitter users could provide relevant information about tweets or comments that add contextual data. In this way, the platform’s users themselves would be in charge of “moderating” many of the contents, something that Musk will be grateful for after having already fired a large part of his staff (and continues to do so).
Obviously, knowing who runs the social network, it is likely that the tweets of Elon Musk, Twitter, Tesla or any other account related to the billionaire will have the possibility of receiving informative notes disabled, or that these will be automatically deleted. Even so, it is a very useful feature that, once it makes the leap to the rest of the world, could bring enormous value if used correctly.