Writing a Birdwatch note

Anyone in the US can read Birdwatch notes, but only pilot participants can add new notes to Tweets. Here’s how to add a note:

  1. Click or tap the ••• menu on the Tweet’s top right and then Contribute to Birdwatch.
  1. Before starting, you’ll see a reminder about Birdwatch values — a prompt to promote helpful contributions.

  2. Answer the required multiple choice questions. These are designed to understand, in a structured way, why a Tweet might or might not be misleading.

  3. Finally, in the text field, write the context you feel would help others understand why that Tweet is or is not misleading. Citing sources is helpful. (Each URL counts as only 1 character towards the 280 character limit).

  4. After it’s submitted, the note will be available on the Birdwatch site for other participants to read and rate.

  5. You can delete your notes at any time by clicking or tapping the ••• icon on a note.

What makes a good Birdwatch note? See examples →

Rating Birdwatch notes

There are two ways to find Tweets with Birdwatch notes:

  1. Go to the Birdwatch site’s Recent notes page and choose any Tweet to see notes that participants have added to it.
  1. Alternatively, you can find Tweets with Birdwatch notes by noticing the Birdwatch icon on the Tweet Details page. Tap the icon to read all notes on that Tweet.
  1. On the Tweet with notes page, you’ll see the Tweet and the notes others have written about it. On each note, answer the rating questions to provide your input.

  2. Tap or click Submit. You can edit your ratings if you change your mind.

  3. Notes rated by the community to be particularly helpful will be surfaced at the top of the list with a Currently rated helpful badge:

Learn how Currently rated helpful works.

Helpfulness ratings on your notes

You can see how other participants have rated your notes on the “Your Notes” page, which shows an aggregate score of ratings you’ve received across all notes you’ve written.