Adobe has announced a new content attribution initiative, backed by Twitter and The New York Times, which aims to help consumers identify where digital content originated and if it has been altered. 

The Photoshop maker is developing an opt-in system that will allow creators and publishers to securely attach attribution data to content they choose to share. 

The framework is designed to let authors verify their content so that they receive proper attribution and provide consumers with an attribution trail to give them greater confidence about the authenticity of the content they’re consuming. 

Adobe demonstrated a prototype of its content attribution technology embedded in Photoshop at Adobe MAX in the US overnight. 

“With the proliferation of digital content, people want to know the content they’re seeing is authentic,” said Dana Rao, executive vice president and general counsel, Adobe. 

“While this is a formidable challenge, we are thrilled to be championing the adoption of an industry-wide content attribution system, along with The New York Times Company and Twitter. It is critical for technology and media companies to come together now in order to empower consumers to better evaluate and understand content online.” 

The new verification feature is part of the Content Authenticity Initiative, a joint effort to develop an industry standard for digital content attribution.

The companies argue that bringing content creators, technology, and media companies together will accelerate progress to stop false or misleading content being shared around the web and damaging trust. 

“Discerning trusted news on the internet is one of the biggest challenges news consumers face today,” said Marc Lavallee, head of research & development, The New York Times Company. 

“Combating misinformation will require the entire ecosystem—creators, publishers and platforms—to work together. This initiative lays the groundwork for doing that through open standards and protocols.”

Adobe, The New York Times Company and Twitter plan to kick off the initiative at a summit along with a larger group of technology and media companies in the coming months.

“Serving and enhancing global public conversation is our core mission at Twitter,” said Del Harvey, vice president, Global Trust and Safety, Twitter.

“Everyone has a role to play in information quality and media literacy. Collaboration on issues as complex as this is key—we welcome the partnership.”

Companies interested in participating in the Content Authenticity Initiative can learn more here

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