Elon Musk’s X activates ’Community Notes’ program in India. Here’s how it works

Elon Musk's X (formerly Twitter) launches 'Community Notes' in India to fight misinformation. Users can provide context to posts for accuracy. The move coincides with the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in India.

Updated4 Apr 2024, 05:05 PM IST
Elon Musk, Chief Executive Officer of Tesla and owner of X, formerly known as Twitter
Elon Musk, Chief Executive Officer of Tesla and owner of X, formerly known as Twitter(REUTERS)

Elon Musk owned X, formerly known as Twitter, has expanded their 'Community Notes' program to India. This feature allows X users to add context to a potentially misleading post on the microblogging platform. Notably, X had been accused of aiding the spread of fake news. After Elon Musk introduced the subscription model for getting verified, the micro blogging platform saw a up trend in potential spread of misinformation. 

The activation of 'Community Notes' program in India comes at a crucial juncture when the world's biggest populous democracy is scheduled to hold Lok Sabha elections over seven-phases between April 19 and June 1. The results will be declared on June 4.

Elon Musk, the billionaire boss of X (formerly Twitter), in a post said, "Community Notes now active on India!" Welcoming new contributors in India, X's official 'Community Notes' handle posted, "Our first contributors are joining today, and we'll be expanding over time. As always, we'll monitor quality to ensure that notes are found helpful by people from different points of view."

What X's Community Notes does?

According to information on the X's help centre, "Community Notes aims to create a better informed world by empowering people on X to collaboratively add context to potentially misleading posts."

How X's Community Notes work?

Contributors can leave notes on any post and if enough contributors from different points of view rate that note as helpful, the note is publicly shown on a post.

X described Community Notes as a collaborative way to keep people better informed.

"Contributors are people like you. Anyone on X whose account meets the eligibility criteria can sign up to help. All contributors start with the ability to rate notes, and over time, can earn the ability to write," the content on the sign-up page to join Community Notes read.

Notes are not chosen by majority rule. Community Notes identifies notes that are found helpful by and for people with different points of view.

"X doesn't choose what shows up: the people do," it said.

How to join X's Community Notes as contributor?

To join the Community Notes pilot program, the X account must have 

-No rules violations on the platform since Jan 1, 2023

-At least six months on the platform

-The account should be linked to a verified phone number with a trusted phone carrier

-The number should not be associated with other 'Community Notes' accounts.

Over the last months, social media platforms have lined up a slew of measures to combat misinformation, false news, and deepfakes and with polls just weeks away, the election integrity efforts too have been scaled up by big tech players who count India among their major market.

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First Published:4 Apr 2024, 05:05 PM IST
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