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Read Before Retweeting... New Feature From Twitter

Islam Aziz Islam Aziz
29th June 2020
Read Before Retweeting... New Feature From Twitter

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On June 10, Twitter announced that it will begin testing a new feature that will encourage users to re-think before they retweet tweets they haven't read. However, this feature is currently limited to some users of Android OS in English. If a user decides to retweet a tweet before reading it, it may ask them to open and read it before allowing them to do so. Twitter did not say when it planned to introduce the feature to additional operating systems.

Twitter tweeted: "Sharing an article can spark conversation, so you may want to read it before you Tweet it.

To help promote informed discussion, we're testing a new prompt on Android –– when you Retweet an article that you haven't opened on Twitter, we may ask if you'd like to open it first."

This feature test is the latest from Twitter to try to reduce disinformation and encourage meaningful conversiations on the platform. On May 20, Twitter launched another feature that allows users to select who can reply to their tweets on Android, iOS and the web application. As of now, some users can open responses to everyone, or restrict it to people they follow, or the people they mention. In recent months, the platform also posted additional features such as the ability to hide specific replies to Tweets.

On May 27, Twitter added a "fact-check" warning to tweets that might be misleading. This came in the spotlight when the warning was applied to one of U.S. President Donald Trump's tweets about the mail ballot.