What you need to know
- Twitter will now encourage users to read articles before they retweet them.
- Sometimes the headline of an article may not fully capture the spirit of the body, but an outraged retweet may spark inaccurate discourse on the platform.
- The prompt will show up if users attempt to retweet an article they haven't opened.
Twitter is making a small change to foster healthy conversations on its platform. It will now be testing a feature on its Android app that encourages users to pause, take a moment, and read any article they are about to retweet before they share it.
Often, readers may find that what a title says may not accurately reflect the contents of the article, or the article may present a more nuanced position than the title and tweet, but that doesn't stop a retweet from getting halfway around the world in the meantime.
Twitter's support account announced the test on Wednesday:
Twitter isn't saying when this new warning is rolling out, but if you do see it on your phone, you now know what's going on. Besides, "you may want to read it before you tweet it" is good advice, whether it's for your own tweet, or content that you're retweeting.
"Yesterday, I read a tweet about a headline of an article... and now I'm an expert!" 😂 This is a good move from Twitter. A small and simple change to influence better social behavior.
Why the heck would I want to read anything before I disseminate it? I think that might be unAmerican. Not to mention fact check. What's that all about?
1. How is Twitter going to know whether someone read the article before retweeting?
2. This is going to be useless for articles that are paywalled.
Twitter will know if you clicked an article link before RT (clicking the link sends a referral code to Twitter). But they can't determine if you actually *read* the article.
I see somebody just read the headline without reading the article before commenting.
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