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Elon Musk-owned X launches Community Notes in India; Know the details

Sumit Vishwakarma
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 X launches Community Notes in India

Elon Musk-owned social media platform X (formerly known as Twitter) has introduced its Community Notes program to users in India, enhancing the battle against misinformation ahead of the crucial Lok Sabha elections. 

The move aims to empower users to contribute to fact-checking efforts, thereby creating a more informed and reliable digital environment.

What is Community Notes?

Community Notes, previously referred to as Birdwatch, enables users to add informative notes to posts they believe might be misleading. This crowd-sourced initiative depends on the community's collective effort to assess content credibility.


With the rollout, India joins a list of 69 countries where contributors can add context or fact-check information, promoting a diverse and balanced perspective on potentially misleading posts.

Eligibility criteria and participation

To participate in Community Notes, users must adhere to specific criteria: a six-month-old account, a verified phone number, and no rule violations since January 2023. Initially, participants can rate existing notes, gradually earning the ability to write their own. This structured approach aims to maintain the integrity and utility of the notes provided.

Impact on political discourse

The introduction of Community Notes in India is particularly significant in the context of political discussions and advertisements on X. With political ads no longer banned on the platform, the fact-checking role of Community Notes contributors becomes crucial. However, this move is not without its challenges, especially considering X's past legal and regulatory disputes with the Indian government.

Global efforts against misinformation

X's initiative is part of a larger global effort to combat election-related misinformation. Tech giants like Meta and Google have also announced measures to ensure high-quality information reaches voters. Meta, for example, has expanded its fact-checking partnerships, while Google has introduced restrictions on AI-generated content concerning elections. These efforts highlight the tech industry's proactive stance on maintaining the integrity of election-related discourse.