Twitter’s Community Notes feature is rolling out globally

Twitter has started rolling out Community Notes to its users around the world.

Formerly known as Birdwatch, the feature first debuted in 2021 under former CEO Jack Dorsey as a means to combat misinformation on the social network.

Community Notes takes a crowdsourced approach to debunking misleading tweets. Participating moderators can add notes to tweets for “context”. Regular users can then vote on whether they find this context “useful”. Until now, only US residents could see the notes.

Elon Musk is positioning Community Notes as a key element of his vision for Twitter 2.0, saying the feature will be a “game changer for accuracy on Twitter.” However, as with any crowdsourcing feature, there is the potential for Community Notes to backfire if groups use the tool to promote biased views.