Twitter tests new feature prompting users to open articles before sharing

Twitter tests new feature prompting users to open articles before sharing

FILE PHOTO: People holding mobile phones are silhouetted against a backdrop projected with the Twit
People holding mobile phones are silhouetted against a backdrop projected with the Twitter logo in this illustration picture taken in Warsaw, Sep 27, 2013. (File photo: Reuters/Kacper Pempel)

WASHINGTON: Twitter on Wednesday (Jun 10) said it was testing a new feature on Android devices that prompts users to open articles before sharing them.

The feature, which asks users whether they have read an article before they retweet it, appears to be aimed at slowing the spread of unverified information.

"Sharing an article can spark conversation, so you may want to read it before you tweet it," Twitter's support team tweeted on its account.

"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."

Twitter said it would be testing the feature "to help promote informed discussion".

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In a reply to one user on its platform, the support team tweeted: "We wanted to test a way to improve the health of a conversation as it gets started."

But it said users will "always have the option" to go ahead with the retweet.

The social media company has been tightening its policies in recent years amid criticism that its hands-off approach had allowed abuse, fake accounts and misinformation to thrive on its platform.

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Last month, Twitter decided to limit the reach of some comments by US President Donald Trump, in one case because they were misleading and in another case because of a violation of platform rules promoting violence.

The president responded angrily and signed an executive order that could strip away some legal liability protections of social media firms, although it was unclear if the measure can be enforced.

Source: Agencies/zl(mi)

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