Weeks earlier than the nationwide elections in India, Elon Musk-owned X mentioned it’s rolling out help for posting Group Notes — the corporate’s crowd-sourced fact-checking program — in the important thing abroad market.

The primary set of contributors from India will begin posting notes from at this time and extra might be accepted over time, X mentioned. The contributors sometimes present extra context to well-liked posts to debunk any delusion or provide broader insights. These submissions are then rated by customers on elements such because the helpfulness they supply or the accuracy.

In December 2022, the social community enabled the power for folks to take a look at Group Notes associated to posts globally, however customers from only some international locations may publish such notes.

Over time, the corporate has allowed members from totally different international locations to begin posting Group Notes to offer native context higher. With the newest rollout, this system has contributors in 69 international locations.

Final 12 months, the corporate additionally launched Group Notes, beforehand referred to as Birdwatch, for photographs and movies.

India was one of many final main markets the place Group Notes had not beforehand expanded. With nationwide elections only a few weeks away, many platforms are making efforts to fight potential election-related misinformation. Nevertheless, X hasn’t made any particular announcement about its efforts for Indian elections.

Although Group Notes is proving useful in fact-checking posts on X, it has at occasions struggled to control the spread of misinformation regardless of contributors including context to tales. This system may additionally face a tricky take a look at in India’s advanced multilingual political panorama.

Final 12 months, the corporate reallowed political advertisements on the platform, which have been banned by the earlier administration.

Twitter/X has had a tricky keep within the Indian market notably for its authorized battle in opposition to the federal government for ordering the platform to dam sure posts. Earlier this 12 months, X withheld some accounts and posts associated to farmers’ protests in India due to orders from authorities. At the moment, the corporate reiterated {that a} writ enchantment difficult blocking orders was nonetheless pending within the courts.

Final 12 months, Musk mentioned in a dialog with BBC that India’s social media rules are quite strict and the corporate “can’t transcend the legal guidelines of the nation.”