Twitter to prompt users to read article before re-tweeting


Social messaging site Twitter announced that it will begin prompting users to read the article before they re-tweet it. The prompt message will pop up on the screen when a user decides to share a tweeted article without actually opening the link.

Readers may at times just read a particular caption or a comment on tweet attached with the tweeted article or only read the headline before re-tweeting it.

It could happen that the headline could be a clickbait or not provide complete context to the story, which is why Twitter wants users to open and read the article before re-tweeting it.

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The Twitter said “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 Re-tweet an article that you haven’t opened on Twitter, we may ask if you’d like to open it first,” Twitter said.

The test, which is currently limited to Android, is Twitter’s bid to curb the spread of misinformation and rumours on its platform.

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Twitter has rolled out a bunch of new features related to replies and re-tweets. Recently, the company began testing a feature that gives users more control as to who can reply to their tweets.