In a bid to bolster the credibility and verifiability of Community Notes, X has unveiled a fresh mandate: contributors must now include a source reference for their submitted contextual additions.
This decision aligns with the platform’s ongoing efforts to manage the surge of notes related to recent geopolitical events, specifically the Israel-Palestine conflict.
Insights backed by legitimate sources significantly amplify the likelihood of notes being tagged as ‘Helpful‘. This reinforces the transparency and authenticity of the content, ensuring viewers and raters have a tangible point of reference.
While the inclusion of sources wasn’t previously obligatory, as some notes are self-explanatory or pertain directly to the original post, the prevailing trend indicated the necessity for this change.
It’s essential to highlight that while the new requirement seeks sources for most notes, notes explaining the non-requirement of added context are exempt from this rule.
By introducing this requirement, X showcases its commitment to cultivating a reliable and well-informed community platform. In a digital age brimming with information, the value of verifiable sources cannot be overstated.