Regardless of a latest high-profile spat with Donald Trump, Twitter’s newest transfer may really show to be an amazing assist to the president – a “learn earlier than you retweet” immediate.
Not one to shrink back from posting controversial feedback – or retweeting these of others – Mr Trump may gain advantage from the brand new pop-up which has been designed to “promote knowledgeable dialogue”.
It would seem if customers try to retweet an article posted by one other consumer with out first having clicked on it.
It’s being trialled initially for US Android customers solely.
Twitter stated: “Sharing an article can spark dialog, so you might wish to learn it earlier than you tweet it.
“To assist promote knowledgeable dialogue, we’re testing a brand new immediate on Android – while you retweet an article that you have not opened on Twitter, we might ask if you would like to open it first.”
The transfer comes amid persevering with conversations in regards to the unfold of pretend information on social media.
Twitter product lead Kayvon Beykpour stated: “It is easy for hyperlinks/articles to go viral on Twitter.
“This may be highly effective however generally harmful, particularly if individuals have not learn the content material they’re spreading.
“This function – on Android for now – encourages individuals to learn a linked article previous to retweeting it.”
Twitter has typically obtained criticism for not doing sufficient to fight the unfold of misinformation on the location.
Final month, it flagged two tweets from Mr Trump when he made unsubstantiated claims that postal voting would result in widespread fraud.
It additionally hid tweets from Mr Trump and the official White Home account for “glorifying violence”.
In his submit, the US president quipped “when the looting begins, the taking pictures begins” – a phrase he repeated in a later tweet – amid violent protests in Minneapolis following the demise of an unarmed black man in police custody.
Twitter stated the message violated its “guidelines about glorifying violence” however the submit would stay accessible and never be deleted totally as it could be within the public’s curiosity.
Mr Trump’s tweet was then reposted word-for-word by the White Home account, which Twitter additionally hid.
One other submit from the White Home account stated “the president didn’t glorify violence. He clearly condemned it” and accused Twitter of getting “biased, bad-faith ‘fact-checkers'”.