Can We Crowdsource the Truth?

Social media companies are exploring crowdsourcing to fact-check misinformation — Will it work?

Instead of relying solely on professional fact-checkers and artificial intelligence algorithms, they are turning to their users to help pick up the slack.

Despite the lofty intentions, a new study by our team found that political partisanship is a major driver of users’ engagement on Birdwatch.

Rather than seeking to recruit only the rare few who are impartial, the key is to screen out the small fraction of zealots who put partisanship above truth.



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