Twitter has announced that they will be testing a new feature which asks the user if they would like to open an article before sharing it. The decision was made to “help promote informed discussion,” according to the company.
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.
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) June 10, 2020
The new feature will be rolled out to Android users first, with no date for iOS users yet, according to Engadget.
This latest feature should come as no surprise, as Twitter are ramping up their fight against misinformation. The US 2020 presidential elections are set to place on 3 November, so this update should encourage Twitter users to actually read what they’re about to share.
While this new feature won’t guarantee that every Twitter user will read what they’re about to tweet out, it does provide a momentary pause, which could give the user time to consider the impact of what they’re about to share.
In May of this year, Twitter began tests on a prompt that would warn users if they’re about to tweet a potentially harmful reply. This was based on the platform’s algorithms recognising content that looks like stuff often reported as being harmful.