Twitter on Monday launched a new “community-driven” initiative to combat “misleading information” called Birdwatch, and the website is asking for volunteers.
“We’re looking for people to test this out in the US –– you can add notes with helpful context to Tweets that you think are misleading,” Twitter explained. “For now, these notes won’t appear directly on Twitter, but anyone in the US can view them at” a webpage for the initiative.
“We’ll use the notes and your feedback to help shape this program and learn how to reach our goal of letting the Twitter community decide when and what context is added to a Tweet,” the company added.
This move from Twitter comes as large technology companies are censoring conservatives because of their political beliefs and after then-President Donald Trump was banned from the platform following the January 6 deadly storming of the U.S. Capitol by his most extreme supporters to prevent Congress from certifying President Joe Biden‘s 2020 election victory.
With their announcement of Birdwatch, the company posted a one-minute video breaking down the concept.
The video depicts one fictional user posting the obviously false claim that “Whales are not real! They’re funded by the government to watch us!!!” and a growing amount of other users repeating and debating this claim which has gone viral in the video.
The cavalcade of tweets aggregating the claim then reaches its climax when one user comments, “Can anyone who actually knows what they’re talking about chime in?”
Then a message flashes across the screen, saying: “Spoiler alert: You can’t trust everything you see online.”
“That’s why we’re introducing Birdwatch,” it continues.
The video then shows how a user can “contribute” a tweet to Birdwatch, using the one about whales as an example.
When someone clicks “Contribute to Birdwatch,” Twitter provides a checklist of criteria asking “Why do you believe this Tweet is misleading?” and to click all option that apply. The options include: “It contains a factual error,” “It contains a digitally altered photo or video,” “It contains outdated information that may be misleading,” “It is a misrepresentation or missing important context,” “It is a joke or satire that might be misinterpreted as a fact,” and “Other.”
After selecting the options that apply, Twitter asks the user: “If many believed this Tweet, it might cause” either “little harm” or “considerable harm.”
The site then asks the user to “explain the evidence” for the reasons they stated the tweet needs context.
After this, Twitter generates a “note” providing context for the offending tweet and asks the user if the note is helpful and whether they agree with the note’s conclusion.
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In a significant development in the long-standing mystery surrounding the murder of iconic rapper Tupac Shakur, Duane “Keffe D” Davis, a Nevada man, has been indicted on a charge of murder with the use of a deadly weapon. The indictment was officially announced by prosecutors during a court proceeding on Friday.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Marc DiGiacomo disclosed that a grand jury had been convened to investigate the case for several months and that Davis, described as the “on-ground, on-site commander,” had allegedly “ordered the death” of Shakur.
The charges against Davis were unveiled just hours after his arrest while he was on a walk near his residence, according to DiGiacomo. It is worth noting that Davis has been a known figure to investigators.
According to reports, Davis had previously admitted, both in interviews and in his 2019 tell-all memoir titled “Compton Street Legend,” that he was present in the Cadillac during the fatal drive-by shooting of Tupac Shakur in September 1996.
Authorities took action on July 17, raiding the home of the suspect’s wife in Nevada. Video footage from the operation shows law enforcement officers instructing Davis to come out of the residence with his hands raised.
According to reports from Fox News, the search yielded various items, including a Pokeball USB drive, an iPhone, iPads, laptops, a tablet, a desktop computer, external hard drives, copies of Davis’ book “Compton Street Legends,” a Vibe magazine featuring Shakur, and two containers filled with photographs. Additionally, law enforcement sought “notes, writings, ledgers, and other handwritten or typed documents” related to Shakur’s murder.
Tupac Shakur’s murder has remained a high-profile cold case for decades. The prime suspect, Orlando Anderson, who was Davis’ nephew, had previously denied involvement in the shooting before he was murdered in Compton, California, in 1998.
On the fateful evening of September 7, 1996, tragedy struck as Tupac Shakur fell victim to a fatal drive-by shooting. Riding as a passenger in the black BMW owned by Death Row Records co-founder Marion “Suge” Knight, Tupac’s life was abruptly cut short when a white Cadillac pulled up alongside them at a traffic light.
This harrowing event, as detailed by Duane “Keffe D” Davis in a 2018 documentary, revealed that all occupants in the Cadillac that night were affiliated with the South Side Compton Crips gang. Shockingly, it was alleged that the gang sought retribution against Shakur, who had reportedly engaged in a physical altercation with one of its members just prior to the tragic shooting.
Tupac Shakur’s profound influence on the rap community, a legacy that would reverberate for years to come, cannot be overstated. Beyond his lyrical prowess and charismatic stage presence, Tupac’s music and message resonated deeply with a generation. He became a voice for his community, tackling pressing issues in his lyrics and interviews.
Moreover, his authenticity, unflinching honesty, and commitment to addressing the challenges faced by his community cemented his status as an enduring icon in the world of hip-hop. Even in death, Tupac’s impact on the genre and his ability to inspire change in society at large continue to be felt, leaving an indelible mark on the rap community for generations to come.
Tupac Shakur, a prolific rapper and influential figure in the hip-hop industry, was only 25 years old at the time of his death. His fourth solo album, “All Eyez on Me,” continued to dominate the charts with approximately 5 million copies sold, underscoring the enduring impact of his music and the ongoing intrigue surrounding his untimely demise.
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