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Twitter Says You Have To Read This Article Before You Tweet It

The feature will be tested on Android phones.

Last updated on June 10, 2020, at 3:37 p.m. ET

Posted on June 10, 2020, at 3:08 p.m. ET

People who share links on Twitter without reading the story they are linking to might be in for automated passive-aggression.

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 is rolling out a new feature for Android users prompting them to read an article before they share it, the company announced today.

“For now, it’s just available in English for people using Twitter for Android,” a Twitter spokesperson told BuzzFeed News.

The company also said the experiment might run for at least a few weeks "to get enough data to make an informed decision on next steps.”

The prompt is triggered based on whether a person has clicked on the link, not how much time they've spent on a page.

According to that announcement, the feature is being tested “to help promote informed discussion.” The prompt will come up if a person tries to retweet an article that they haven’t clicked on.

Twitter product lead Kayvon Beykpour said, “This can be powerful but sometimes dangerous, especially if people haven’t read the content they’re spreading.”

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.


One person on Twitter has already posted about seeing the new feature. “Headlines don’t tell the full story,” the pop-up said. “Want to read this before Retweeting?”


The company has recently debuted a series of new initiatives to curb the amount of misinformation on its platform. It has labeled some tweets as false or misleading, including ones claiming 5G causes the coronavirus and several posts from President Donald Trump.

The move prompted workers at Facebook to criticize Mark Zuckerberg's approach to disinformation on his own social network.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.