Twitter experiment encourages users to read articles before retweeting them

Shawn Knight

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Twitter is doing more to help promote informed discussion on its platform and it starts with select mobile users.

The social media platform recently announced it is trialing a new prompt for Android users. When retweeting an article that you haven’t yet opened on Twitter, you may receive a notification asking if you’d like to read the article before sharing it.

In follow-up tweets, the company said they want to see if reminding people to read an article before sharing it leads to more informed discussion.

To be clear, the feature will only check to see if you have recently opened the article through Twitter, not elsewhere. Users will still have the option to go ahead and retweet the link even if they haven’t read it through Twitter, the company said.

If nothing else, Twitter’s motive here is to at least slow down the spread of misinformation.

Of course, not everyone is onboard with Twitter's stance.

No word yet on how long the experiment will last or why Twitter elected to single out Android users for the test.

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Nobina

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Is it Twitter's job to police what people share?
Uh, uh, don't let "They're a private company, they can do whatever they want!" crowd read this. You will be lectured.
 

SRB

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This is a scary time in the US. For years, everyone could read about the flat earth, faked moon landing, or pretty much any content they felt like. Now, the tech companies are leading the cancel culture down the garden path. Are the aforementioned stories, among others, getting these notes? NO, the political and social comments THEY decide are incorrect are flagged. Everyone else is allowed to run amok. If this is about "misinformation", then hire up and buckle down on ALL misinformation. If your going to pick and choose what's "correct", then stop it and and let the readers decide for themselves without your "kind" encouragement and opinions.
 

toooooot

Posts: 1,462   +732
This is a scary time in the US. For years, everyone could read about the flat earth, faked moon landing, or pretty much any content they felt like. Now, the tech companies are leading the cancel culture down the garden path. Are the aforementioned stories, among others, getting these notes? NO, the political and social comments THEY decide are incorrect are flagged. Everyone else is allowed to run amok. If this is about "misinformation", then hire up and buckle down on ALL misinformation. If your going to pick and choose what's "correct", then stop it and and let the readers decide for themselves without your "kind" encouragement and opinions.
I am just waiting when greedy young companies will emerge, offering platforms allowing people to do pretty much anything except for the threats of hurting other human beings.
They would learn from today giants' mistakes, they will spy less, they will offer more.
They wont even make as much money to start as current info companies, but
they will give that what we are losing today when choosing twiter youtube fb etc.
It is a circle of life.