Twitter plans to provide more data to outside researchers studying online disinformation and moderation, the social media company said 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 launched Twitter in pilot mode earlier this year. formed and has access to the datasets.
While researchers have spent years studying the flow of harmful content on social platforms, they have often done so without the direct involvement of social media companies.
During a briefing with reporters, Twitter said it hopes the data will lead to new types of studies on how efforts to fight online disinformation are working.
Twitter has already shared data sets with researchers on coordinated efforts supported by foreign governments to manipulate information on Twitter.
Company said it now plans to share information about other areas of content moderation, such as tweets labeled as potentially misleading.
Earlier this week, Twitter announced it was expanding how it recommends posts from accounts that users don’t follow. Twitter looks forward to building tools that allow users to review that content and provide feedback.
“With millions of people signing up for Twitter every day, we want to make it easier for everyone to connect to accounts and topics that interest them,” Twitter said in a statement. blog post.
For the expansion, Twitter is testing an “X” tool that can be used to remove recommended tweets that users don’t want to see on their timeline.
Twitter’s Competitor Meta Platforms also announced in July that it plans to double the percentage of recommended content filling its users’ feeds on Facebook and Instagram by the end of 2023.