Twitter announced that it will begin testing a new feature to limit the spread of misinformation on the social media platform. Much of the misinformation to circulate online is spread by people who don’t read beyond the headline or even click on the article to verify the facts for themselves. The new feature will bring up a prompt that will ask Twitter users if they actually want to read the article before sharing it, but will still allow them to share it without reading if they want.
“Sharing an article can spark conversation, so you may want to read it before you Tweet it,” Twitter said. “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 feature will only be available on Android at first but is expected to roll out on iOs and desktop eventually.
It's easy for links/articles to go viral on Twitter. This can be powerful but sometimes dangerous, especially if people haven't read the content they're spreading. This feature (on Android for now) encourages people to read a linked article prior to Retweeting it. https://t.co/qdYZ8w9e27
— Kayvon Beykpour (@kayvz) June 10, 2020
This is just the most recent of many new measures that the social media platform will be taking to help stop the spread of misinformation. Last month, the site began testing a different feature which allows users to limit who can reply to their tweets, and hide specific replies to Tweets.
Twitter was also the first social media platform to entirely ban political advertisements, while many sites are still accepting money from political parties leading up to the election.
At the start of the coronavirus crisis, Twitter CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey shocked the world with his promise to donate $1 billion, or about 28% of his wealth, to help with the economic fallout from the pandemic. Then last month, Dorsey announced that he plans to give away all of his money within his lifetime, with large sums being pledged to Universal Basic Income projects.
As you might know, tech giants like Facebook, Twitter, and Google (Also Youtube), increasingly censor information that does not fit the mainstream narrative. Freedom of speech should be the basic human right, however, in the current era, you are not allowed to share your views anymore. Fortunately, alternative platforms appear that are censorship-free. Minds.com is one of these platforms. You can sign up for free, HERE, and make sure you follow Truth Theory on Minds.
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