Twitter Partners with AP and Reuters to Combat Misinformation

Twitter has recently announced its partnership with the Associated Press and Reuter to combat misinformation and provide credible information on social networking.   

Similar to other social media companies, the San Francisco-based firm has been under increasing scrutiny to remove misleading or false information.   

To keep up with their efforts to combat misinformation, Twitter launched a program called Birdwatch, earlier this year, calling its users to help identify misleading tweets.  

Twitter said that it will collaborate with different newswires to add accurate context during breaking news events. During this time misinformation could appear in various places on Twitter, then attach labels to tweets about the event or as a “Moment” and curate information about trending topics.   

A Twitter spokesperson said, that this is the first time that Twitter has formally partnered and collaborated with news organizations to elevate accurate information.  

The spokesperson added that the company will work separately with both the AP and Reuters and the newswires will not interact with each other.  

In a statement. Hazel Baker, global head of UGC (user-generated content) newsgathering at Reuters, said “Trust, accuracy, and impartiality are at the heart of what Reuters does every day … those values also drive our commitment to stopping the spread of misinformation.”   

Tom Januszewski, vice president of global business development at the AP, said: “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.” 

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