Elon Musk has issued a firm warning to those who might attempt to misuse the community notes feature on X. He stated that any posts flagged by the community-driven fact-checking feature will be ineligible for revenue share, a move aimed at curbing the spread of misinformation and sensationalism.
Musk’s announcement, made on October 29 in a post on X, clarified that posts containing misleading or inaccurate information, which are subsequently “corrected” by Community Notes, will not qualify for revenue sharing. The fact-checking process is carried out by crowdsourced fact-checkers associated with X.
Musk’s rationale behind this decision is to enhance the incentive for accuracy while discouraging sensationalism. He emphasized that any attempt to manipulate the feature for nefarious purposes would be easily detectable since the data is open source.
However, the implementation of this policy raised questions among X users and cryptocurrency enthusiasts on Twitter. Some sought clarification on whether this policy applied to notes added for context rather than directly correcting false information. Additionally, there were discussions about whether community notes used for memes or providing context should be exempt from the policy.
While some users expressed support for the change, others cautioned against vehement disagreements, suggesting that those opposing the decision might be individuals benefiting from spreading misinformation.
X has not disclosed the number of accounts eligible for monetization or the composition of its 100,000 contributors across 44 countries, as outlined in a post by X CEO Linda Yaccarino on October 26.