Twitter testing tool to prompt users to open article before retweeting

Twitter testing tool to prompt users to open article before retweeting
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Twitter is testing a new tool that prompts users to open articles before retweeting them.

The pilot program announced Wednesday is currently limited to Android users in English. 

The test will be run "for at least a few weeks to get enough data to make an informed decision on next steps," a company spokesperson told The Hill.

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"Sharing an article can spark conversation, so you may want to read it before you Tweet it," Twitter Support tweeted.

"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," it added.

This is the latest in a series of tests Twitter has run aimed at improving discourse on the platform and limiting misinformation.

Last month it rolled out a test feature allowing users to limit who can reply to their tweets.

Twitter has also recently given users the ability to hide certain replies to the posts.