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The Rapture Report – Twitter launches ‘Birdwatch’ to combat misinformation
By Chris Schang
Twitter has launched a new system to combat “misinformation” on the platform. The new ‘Birdwatch’ forum is a place where people can flag tweets that they think are misleading and that require further investigation. As we saw during the 2020 election, Twitter has been actively trying to combat what it deems as “misleading” content – which we know is heavily biased against Christians and conservatives.
Twitter appears to be upping the ante in trying to label anything and everything that it doesn’t agree with as “misinformation”. Just a “factcheckers” were supposed to be neutral, we can be sure that the new ‘Birdwatch’ forum will probably lead to more censoring and labeling of Christian and conservative voices. The new forum is supposed to be more of a “group” or “community” policing effort along the lines of those used by Wikipedia. But if past experience shows this is likely to include a more hostile approach to conservative users.
The NBC News website is reporting:
Twitter unveiled a feature Monday meant to bolster its efforts to combat misinformation and disinformation by tapping users in a fashion similar to Wikipedia to flag potentially misleading tweets.
The new system allows users to discuss and provide context to tweets they believe are misleading or false. The project, titled Birdwatch, is a standalone section of Twitter that will at first only be available to a small set of users, largely on a first-come, first-served basis. Priority will not be provided to high-profile people or traditional fact-checkers, but users will have to use an account tied to a real phone number and email address.
The new feature was described by Twitter as:
“Birdwatch allows people to identify information in Tweets they believe is misleading or false, and write notes that provide informative context,” Twitter Vice President of Product Keith Coleman wrote in a press release. “We believe this approach has the potential to respond quickly when misleading information spreads, adding context that people trust and find valuable.” While Birdwatch will initially be cordoned off to a separate section of Twitter, the company said “eventually we aim to make notes visible directly on Tweets for the global Twitter audience, when there is consensus from a broad and diverse set of contributors.”
Birdwatch users are able to flag tweets from a dropdown menu directly within Twitter’s main interface, but discussion about a tweet’s veracity will remain exclusively in the Birdwatch section. Twitter says it does anticipate some users linking directly to Birdwatch discussions underneath high-profile and controversial tweets, just as some users would link out to fact-checking sites.
Twitter explained the rationale for developing the ‘Birdwatch’ system:
Twitter heavily focused on the threat of “manipulation” by what it calls “swarms” of bad actors, who may seek to use the platform as another weapon in online information wars.
Of course, what Twitter did not report was that these bad actors who are a threat to use the online service as a weapon were of course people who did not hold to the liberal left-wing narrative.
We can easily see that if you are not part of the “group think” on the liberal left social media platform then your tweets will likely be sent to the “Birdwatch” and finally will probably end up on the newspaper at the bottom of the bird cage. As we see rising calls for “deprogramming” Trump and conservative voices, it is quite concerning that the social media giants and Big Tech continue to move the country towards an all increasing tight-fisted reign of control speech. This is one of the reasons that I am hoping and looking forward to seeing alternative and free speech platforms like Parler and GAB to make inroads in the social media wars. While Parler is currently down for the moment, it is expected to be back up hopefully by the end of the month.
GAB on the other hand has been dealing with the social media and Big Tech problem for much longer and appears to have escaped the treatment that took down Parler.
Christians and conservatives should be praying for alternatives to arise on the technology scene. I think it is important for Christian and conservative sites to link to each other in order to help prevent the silencing of our voices. As the Biden administration takes aim at destroying the country as we know it and the left calls for “deprogramming” conservatives, it is now more important than ever that Christian and conservative voices are heard.
The silencing of Christian and conservative voices is exactly what the coming One World Government will want when and they will not stand for an deviation of their agenda. Silencing dissenting voices and magnifying the left-wing party line will be the order of the day. We can already see this happening with the new Biden administration. Keep watching with one eye on the ground and one eye on the sky!