Microblogging and Social Media app Twitter is working on a new feature to curb the spread of misinformation. This new feature will encourage the users to read before they retweet or share an article or a story by asking the users to open the link first if they have not read it and retweeting it. Currently, this test is available for Android users.
The purpose behind adding this feature on Twitter is to make sure the user knows what he or she is talking about before spreading it to a large portion of the society. Therefore, if any user has not read the article or the post before retweeting, Twitter will ask the user to open the article first.
“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,” the company said. However, still, it remains unclear when the company will make the feature available for additional operating systems.
Product leader at Twitter, Kayvon Beykpour, said people must read the posts and articles before they retweet as it becomes very easy to make content go viral. Making contents go viral can be powerful but sometimes it is dangerous, especially when the spreaders are unaware of the contents they are spreading, Kayvon Beykpour added. Therefore this new feature will help the company to curb the spread of misinformation among its users and will make the platform false news free. It will also encourage users to hold a meaningful conversation on Twitter.
In recent times, Twitter has launched several new features for the application including a new feature that can enable the user to limit the number of replies on a tweet and fleets feature.