Friday, 20 May, 2022
HomeTechNow, Twitter will prompt some users to read before retweeting to stop...

Now, Twitter will prompt some users to read before retweeting to stop misinformation

The Twitter feature is intended to not only curb misinformation on the platform but also to foster more thoughtful communication.

Text Size:

San Francisco: Twitter Inc. will prompt some users to click links to other websites before retweeting them, part of an effort to discourage the spread of misinformation and foster more thoughtful communication on its social network.

“Sharing an article can spark conversation, so you may want to read it before you Tweet it,” the company said in a tweet Wednesday. The prompt will only apply to Twitter users on the Android mobile operating system for now. The San Francisco-based company is experimenting with other ways to improve user interactions on the service — it’s also running a test where it will ask users to reconsider before they send vulgar tweets.

Twitter Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey promoted the feature with a tweet of his own. “Did you read the article you’re about to spread?” he posted along with the announcement.

At least one high-profile user likes the idea: Tesla Inc. and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, whom Dorsey has said is his favorite tweeter. “Great point,” Musk tweeted Wednesday in response to Dorsey’s post. “Many articles are retweeted based on headlines that don’t match the content.” –Bloomberg 

Also read: UK lawmakers put Facebook, Twitter, Google under scrutiny over Covid misinformation


Subscribe to our channels on YouTube & Telegram

Why news media is in crisis & How you can fix it

India needs free, fair, non-hyphenated and questioning journalism even more as it faces multiple crises.

But the news media is in a crisis of its own. There have been brutal layoffs and pay-cuts. The best of journalism is shrinking, yielding to crude prime-time spectacle.

ThePrint has the finest young reporters, columnists and editors working for it. Sustaining journalism of this quality needs smart and thinking people like you to pay for it. Whether you live in India or overseas, you can do it here.

Support Our Journalism

Most Popular