Want to RT an article? Twitter will make sure that you have read it, first

Several social media giants, be it Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat are trying their best to combat the menace of misinformation., in a bid to control the spread of fake news and ‘promote informed discussion’, is testing a new feature that will prompt the users to read an article before retweeting it.

The verified handle,, sent out a tweet on Wednesday, which read “Sharing an article can spark conversation, so you may want to read it before you Tweet it”. Twitter will be testing the new feature on Android and will give a prompt if the user has not read the article before sharing.

In reply to one of the users, Twitter wrote, ‘We wanted to test a way to improve the health of a conversation as it gets started.’ Twitter also clarified the users will still have the option to go ahead with the retweet, even if the article had not been read.

Sharing an article can spark conversation, so you may want to read it before you Tweet it.To help promote informe…

— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport)

One of the users asked Twitter if they have established a revenue stream for themselves based on the click. The social media site was quick to respond and clarified that it is not testing ad products for this form.

@tak_twitt We’re not testing ad products with these prompts. They’re designed to empower healthy and informed public conversation.

— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport)

This Twitterati had a valid question – how would Twitter get to know that a user had clicked on an article hosted on another website. YouTube had a response ready.

@MayhapsNo For this experiment, if you tap to Retweet an article link, we’ll check if you’ve recently clicked the a…

— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport)

Some users wondered if the information of what was read by each user is stored by Twitter servers.

@TwitterSupport So Twitter keeps records of who read what articles – right?Does this information is kept only ins…

— bact’ แบ่ค / Art Suriyawongkul (@bact)

This Twitter user asked how Twitter knows what a user is doing in other tabs. Twitter said it will only check the article link on Twitter, not elsewhere.

@letoams For this experiment, if you tap to Retweet an article link, we’ll check if you’ve recently clicked the art…

— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport)

What do you think about Twitter’s new feature? Sound off in the comments below.

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Moving Over Twitter

It’s been a busy week for Indian twitterati. Much pent-up anger has been tweeted about, and things that have found a mention include politics (but of course), the impending Ayodhya verdict, Maharashtra power deal, Delhi lawyers scrapping with the cops and the India-Bangladesh T20 games.

But this is not all. Those frequent on Twitter would have noticed that many accounts on the micro-blogging platform have started using “Mastodon”. Many have tagged their names to the account and urged their followers to follow suit and quit Twitter to protest against the social platform’s policies..