Twitter encourages users to ‘Read Before You Retweet’—Here’s Why

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“We think it’s important to help you have better and safer conversations on Twitter—and that starts with being more informed about what you’re sharing with your followers.”

Have you noticed this little popup that asks if you want to read the article first before proceeding with the retweet?

Thanks to the internet, producing and sharing information across the globe has never been easy—and fast. Today, it’s easy for links/articles to go viral on social media such as Twitter. And while this can be powerful (in terms of spreading awareness), sometimes this can also be a recipe for disaster, especially if people haven’t read nor completely understand the content they’re sharing.

In an effort to combat misinformation and have a meaningful conversation, Twitter launched in June last year a new feature that will prompt users to think before they tweet articles they haven’t read.

“Sharing an article can spark conversation, so you may want to read it before you Tweet it,” Twitter said. “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.”

Users will get the prompt when they decide to retweet an article before reading it. (See image below)

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Screenshot by WhatALife!
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Screenshot by WhatALife!

Should all social media platforms have this ‘read before sharing’ feature? What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!

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