The information: Twitter is testing a new feature on Android telephones that prompts folks to learn articles earlier than they share them. Somebody who goes to retweet a hyperlink on Twitter with out having clicked by to the story it results in could also be proven a pop-up message saying “Wish to learn this earlier than retweeting?” It’s at present obtainable solely in English for folks utilizing Twitter for Android.
What’s the purpose? Twitter says the thought is to “assist promote knowledgeable dialogue.” Actually, it’s all about introducing the form of friction that might decelerate the unfold of shock and viral misinformation. As Twitter’s product lead Kayvon Beykpour put it: “It’s simple for hyperlinks/articles to go viral on Twitter. This may be highly effective however generally harmful, particularly if folks have not learn the content material they’re spreading.”
A extra muscular response: For a lot of its life, Twitter has been very cautious about moderating the content material posted on its web site. That appears to be altering. It’s began labeling extra tweets as false or deceptive, most notably posts from President Donald Trump, and eradicating extra inauthentic accounts that might be utilized by hostile states to affect elections or public debate. This new initiative appears to be the newest instance of this extra proactive method.