The Associated Press announced today that it is working with Twitter to help elevate credible news and information on the platform.
The collaboration is an expansion of AP’s robust news verification efforts, including work to add context to misleading content and reduce the circulation of misinformation online.
“AP has a long history of working closely with Twitter, along with other platforms, to expand the reach of factual journalism. This work is core to our mission,” said Tom Januszewski, AP vice president of global business development. “We are particularly excited about leveraging AP’s scale and speed to add context to online conversations, which can benefit from easy access to the facts.”
As part of a pilot program, Twitter’s Curation team and AP will collaborate to more quickly and frequently incorporate tweets from AP about news events and other timely topics that are garnering or could spark widespread interest, including those that could potentially generate misleading information. Tweets will appear in Twitter Moments, Trends and other surfaces within the platform.
Tweets from AP will be used to inform Twitter Moments, adding context to conversations happening on the social network and helping users to better understand complex topics.
“Twitter’s Curation team works every day to elevate context about some of Twitter’s biggest and fastest-moving conversations,” said Joanna Geary, Twitter’s senior director of Curation. “We’re excited to collaborate with reliable sources to expand the speed and scale of our work to contextualize the public conversation.”
The project launched in July.
AP has a long history of fact-checking, including debunking misleading claims from politicians and other public figures, through AP Fact Check items that are offered to member news organizations and customers. That work has expanded in recent years to include addressing questionable assertions and altered or mischaracterized visuals that are circulating widely online.
More information about AP’s fact-checking is available online.
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