Great Birdwatch notes follow the program’s values: They build understanding, are written in good faith, and are helpful even to those who disagree.
Here’s a Tweet making misleading claims about whales, followed by helpful and unhelpful Birdwatch notes:
Whales are not actually mammals. If Humans (land mammals) can’t drink seawater — just try it! — how can supposed sea mammals like whales stay hydrated?— Birdwatch Example (@bwatchexample) January 25, 2021
Whales are indeed mammals. Marine mammals are able to “stay hydrated” because their kidneys have evolved to excrete more salt + reclaim more water than humans and many other mammals can. They also obtain water from their food. This is widely documented, for example in http://reputable…
- Easy to understand
- Directly addresses all of the Tweet’s claims
- Cites high-quality source, which has robust information on the topic
Just another conspiracy theory from another terrible TV host.
- Uses inflammatory language
- Attacks author instead of addressing content of tweet
- Does not provide additional information about central points made in tweet
Here’s a Tweet making misleading claims about nutrition labels, followed by helpful and unhelpful Birdwatch notes:
The nutrition labels on my food are lying! Using an at-home science kit, the food I expected to be 100 calories is actually 100,000!!!— Birdwatch Example (@bwatchexample) January 24, 2021
We’re being lied to!
This Tweet is misleading and contains an honest error due to unit conversions. Lowercase c calories are not the same as uppercase C Calories. 1 Calorie = 1000 calories, so 100 Calories = 100k calories. An official table of energy units and conversions can be found here: http://reputable…
- Explains a complex topic using clear language
- Points out where the misleading info likely originated while being respectful to the author
- Provides a link to reliable information
Did you not take high school chemistry???? This is literally the most basic unit conversion ever. I can’t believe you fell for something so simple. EVERYONE knows that!
- Attacks author, instead of addressing the content of Tweet
- Does not provide information about the points made in the Tweet
- Does not include evidence to show why the Tweet may be misleading