Daily Crunch: Twitter unveils Birdwatch

Twitter pilots a new tool to fight disinformation, Apple brings celebrity-guided walks to the Apple Watch and Clubhouses raises funding. This is your Daily Crunch for January 25, 2021.


The big story: Twitter unveils Birdwatch


today that it says will offer “a community-based approach to misinformation.”


With Birdwatch, users will be able to flag tweets that they find misleading, write notes to add context to those tweets and rate the notes written by others. This is supposed to be a complement to the existing system where Twitter removes or labels particularly problematic tweets, rather than a replacement.


What remains to be seen: How Twitter will handle it when two or more people get locked into a battle and post a flurry of conflicting notes about whether a tweet is misleading or not.


The tech giants


— Apple discusses how and why it brought Time to Walk to the Watch.


— The tech giant is one of several large corporations that have pledged support to local government agencies and medical providers to help increase vaccinations.


— Starting next month, Facebook will open up academic access to a data set of 1.3 million political and social issue ads.


Startups, funding and venture capital


— While we try to track down the actual value of this round, Clubhouse has confirmed it will be introducing products to help creators on the platform get paid.


— The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter, and the combined company will trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol TBLA.


— The Helsinki-based online ordering and delivery company initially focused on restaurants but has since expanded to other verticals.


Advice and analysis from Extra Crunch


— After being acquired by SAP, Qualtrics announced it would spin out as its own public company.


— The Matrix Fintech Index weighs public markets, liquidity and a new e-commerce trend.


— There’s no escaping SPACs, at least for a little while.


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Everything else


— Moderna has detailed some of the steps it’s taking to ensure that its vaccine remains effective in the face of emerging strains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that leads to COVID-19.


— Did I mention that the cast is insanely good-looking?


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