X users allowed Community Notes posting ahead of elections in India

India was one of the major market where Community Notes had not previously expanded
A representational image of the logo of X. — Pixabay
A representational image of the logo of X. — Pixabay 

Elon Musk-owned X, formerly known as Twitter, is bringing Community Notes exclusively for some key overseas market ahead of elections in the India. 

While the election in India are a couple of weeks away, the integrations of Community Notes feature appears to be a move by the micro-blogging site to let general public have rumours and myths verified. 

X allows Community Notes ahead of Indian elections

Community Notes on X are the company’s crowd-sourced fact-checking programme. With select contributors set to make first posts on the platform, X will approve more over time, according to X's official announcement.

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During the occurrence of rumours and myths being rapidly disseminated on the platform, contributors for Community Notes help in getting them thwarted by providing context, accuracy, and insights into the subject. Meanwhile, posts are also rated by users on the basis of helpfulness and truthfulness.

In December 2022, the social media platform allowed entire global user base to find Community Notes about posts. However, only select countries were allowed to make posts in Community Notes.

Similarly. X has allowed over time more contributors from different countries that can provide better context to local happenings. As of now after the recent rollout, contributors from 69 countries have been added on the Community Notes programme.

Prior to this, India was one of the major market where this feature had not previously expanded. The country also brought Community Notes, previously called Birdwatch, for images and videos last year.

Although X has not attributed the rollout of Community Notes to the elections in India, but this comes comes at a time when several platforms are ensuring to prevent the spread of fabricated and maligning information related to elections.

In an interview to the BBC last year, Musk said that India’s social media rules are very stringent and the company “can’t go beyond the laws of the country.”