Twitter to Provide More Data to Research Groups Studying Content Moderation

Twitter has already shared datasets with researchers about coordinated efforts backed by foreign governments to manipulate information on Twitter.

Twitter to Provide More Data to Research Groups Studying Content Moderation

Twitter said it hopes the data will lead to new types of studies about disrupting online misinformation

Highlights
  • Twitter will open application for Twitter Moderation Research Consortium
  • Twitter plans to share information about other content moderation areas
  • This development will introduce more transparency

Twitter plans to provide more data to external researchers who study online misinformation and moderation, the social media company said on Thursday, part of what it says is an effort to increase transparency on the platform.

The company will also open an application process to allow more people working in academia, civil society and journalism to join the Twitter Moderation Research Consortium, a group that Twitter formed in pilot mode earlier this year and has access to the datasets.

While researchers have studied the flow of harmful content on social platforms for years, they have often done so without direct involvement from social media companies.

During a briefing with reporters, Twitter said it hopes the data will lead to new types of studies about how efforts to fight online misinformation work.

Twitter has already shared datasets with researchers about coordinated efforts backed by foreign governments to manipulate information on Twitter.

The company said it now plans to share information about other content moderation areas, such as tweets that have been labeled as potentially misleading.

Earlier this week, Twitter announced expanding how it recommends posts from accounts that users do not follow. Twitter is looking forward to build tools for users to control and provide feedback on that content.

"With millions of people signing up for Twitter every day, we want to make it easier for everyone to connect with accounts and Topics that interest them," Twitter said in a blog post.

For the expansion, Twitter is testing an "X" tool which can be used to remove recommended tweets that users do not wish to see on their timelines.

Twitter's Competitor Meta Platforms also disclosed in July that it is planning to double the percentage of recommended content that fills its users' feeds on Facebook and Instagram by the end of 2023.


This week, we discuss Android 13 on Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast. Orbital is available on Spotify, Gaana, JioSaavn, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music and wherever you get your podcasts.
Affiliate links may be automatically generated - see our ethics statement for details.
Comments

For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and Google News. For the latest videos on gadgets and tech, subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Further reading: Twitter, Content Moderation
Nothing Ear Stick TWS Earphones Teased at the Spring Summer 2023 Fashion Show
Share on Facebook Tweet Snapchat Share Reddit Comment google-newsGoogle News
© Copyright Red Pixels Ventures Limited 2022. All rights reserved.