X, the platform that used to be Twitter, is giving more tools to those who use Community Notes, its social annotation feature. Starting today, users who annotate a post with a Community Note will be notified if that post is later deleted.
In an update from the company’s Community Notes account, X emphasized that the goal is to keep people well-informed. The notification feature aims to achieve this by letting users know when a post they've commented on has been deleted. This is meant to hold users accountable for erroneous or misleading posts.
While the feature could be useful for journalistic integrity and public accountability, it also has the potential to be misused. The "bad vibes" on X have led some to worry that the tool may be used to shame users who delete their posts due to minor errors or factual inaccuracies.
This is the second Community Notes feature that X has introduced this week. Earlier, it was announced that users would see more note proposals when rating a note, offering them a broader context. Elon Musk, the owner of X, has been a significant advocate for the Community Notes feature, which has seen other updates, such as expansions to images and videos, since he took over.