Twitter to prompt users to read an article before they retweet it

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  • Friday, 25 Sep 2020

After seeing positive results to a trial run of a prompt that encourages users to read an article before they retweet it, Twitter says the feature will roll out globally. — Reuters

Twitter is planning to implement a prompt that asks users to read an article before sharing it, following positive results to a pilot of the feature.

The microblogging service’s communication team tweeted that the feature’s test, started in June, successfully encouraged 40% more people to open an article after seeing the prompt.

It added that this led to more informed tweeting, with 33% more people opening articles before RTing.

“Some people didn’t end up RTing after opening the article – which is fine! Some Tweets are best left in drafts,” said the comms team.

Based on the results, Twitter planned to roll out the prompts globally and make it smaller once users had seen it once, reasoning that people would understand the prompt.

In response to tweets asking if the social media company was tracking if users had read the article even before they got the prompt, Twitter replied that it was tracking if users had opened the link through the platform before.

However, Twitter would not track if the user had earlier read the article on a separate platform.

It also said users had the option to Retweet without reading, and this was just a prompt to suggest they read it first.

Multiple users also suggested that the feature was to generate click-throughs and traffic, to make Twitter appear more influential to advertisers.

“We’re not testing ad products with these prompts. They’re designed to help empower healthy and informed public conversation,” replied Twitter.

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