Another way to curb the spread of fake news.
If you’re like me and use Twitter as their primary source of news, you must have already shared tweets that you immediately share by just seeing the headline without reading the entire article. While it is something I am trying to avoid at the moment, it is also one of the ways where misleading news can spread.
This is why Twitter is currently testing a way to inform you to read the article first before sharing it as a way to ‘promote an informed discussion’. It is currently in a testing phase, so only a select number of users may have access to it.
Sharing an article can spark conversation, so you may want to read it before you Tweet it.
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.
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) June 10, 2020
The function was confirmed by Twitter Support, who said that a prompt will appear on a tweet with a link asking you if you have read the article or not before letting you retweet it.
It wasn’t made clear if this function will apply only to links. No mention if it will support images or video. Still, if this is one of the ways Twitter is preventing the spread of fake news, then we have its support.