During the first phase of the pilot, Birdwatch is limited to a small test group in the US.
Our goal is to expand Birdwatch to the global Twitter community. We want anyone to be able to participate and know that having contributors with different points of view is essential to Birdwatch helpfully addressing misinformation. We’ll draw on learnings from this initial test and, over time, scale safely.
To become a Birdwatch contributor, accounts must have:
Verified phone number
A trusted U.S.-based phone carrier
No recent notice of Twitter Rules violations
We want anyone to be able to contribute to Birdwatch, and may remove or modify some of these criteria as Birdwatch evolves and as we observe contributor’s ability to promote high quality context that people find helpful.
Our goal is to admit applicants on a rolling, periodic basis. We will admit all contributors who meet the required criteria, but if we have more applicants than pilot slots, we will randomly admit accounts, prioritizing those more likely to participate due to having been recently active on Twitter, and those that tend to follow and engage with different tweets than existing contributors do — so as to reduce the likelihood that contributors would be predominantly from one ideology, background, or interest space.
To promote transparency, all contributions to Birdwatch are anonymized and publicly visible on the Birdwatch site, even if an account’s Tweets are protected.
Anyone can report notes they believe aren’t in accordance with those rules by clicking or tapping the ••• menu on a note, and then selecting “Report”, or by using this form.