Twitter will now show a warning if one tries to retweet a tweet that the company has labeled as misleading. Twitter announced the new functionality and added that such prompts had decreased Quote Tweets of misleading content by 29 percent. They shared, “Giving context on why a labeled Tweet is misleading under our election, COVID-19 and synthetic and manipulated media rules are vital, “adding, “These prompts helped decrease Quote Tweets of misleading information by 29 percent, so we’re expanding them to show when you tap to like a labeled Tweet.
According to a report in The Verge, ahead of the 2020 election in the US, Twitter began showing a warning for retweeting a misleading tweet. Twitter is now planning to expand the functionality and is rolling it out on the web and iOS globally this week. The functionality is slated to come to Android in the coming weeks.
The report adds that warnings ahead of retweets are not the only restrictions Twitter has put into reducing the spread of misinformation. At present, when users try to share a retweet, Twitter opens a window to compose a quote tweet instead of immediately sharing the tweet with followers. However, users cannot write anything and can just hit the ‘Retweet’ button in the compose window.