WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Twitter is testing out a new feature that combats the spread of misinformation on its platform, by prompting users to read an article before sharing it.
- The prompt is triggered whenever a user tries to retweet an article that they haven’t clicked on.
- The feature is currently limited to Android users and will be tested for at least a few weeks.
Twitter is testing out a new feature that prompts users to read an article before sharing it.
A company spokesperson told BuzzFeed News that the feature is currently limited to Android users.
The trial is expected to run for at least a few weeks “to get enough data to make an informed decision on next steps.”
The announcement from Twitter explained that the feature aims to “promote informed discussion.”
The prompt will pop up whenever a user tries to retweet an article that they haven’t clicked on. The trigger is apparently based on whether a person has clicked on the link, not how much time they’ve spent on a page.
Twitter product lead Kayvon Beykpour explained that misinformation can easily spread on the platform, “especially if people haven’t read the content they’re spreading.”
One user has since encountered the prompt, which reads: “Headlines don’t tell the full story. Want to read this before Retweeting?”
The user pointed out that he has already read the said article, however, and that the prompt didn’t appear for every article he tried to retweet.
The feature is just part of a series of initiatives that Twitter recently launched to help curb the spread of misinformation on its platform. It has recently labeled some tweets as false or misleading, including some of President Donald Trump’s tweets and claims that 5G causes the coronavirus.
Twitter’s recent initiatives have prompted Facebook staff to criticize Mark Zuckerberg’s approach to disinformation on his own social network.
Source: Buzzfeed News