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Twitter tweaks retweet policy, will temporarily require users to quote tweet

Twitter has temporarily tweaked the retweet policy and it now requires users to quote tweet if they want to reshare something.

Aishwarya Paliwal | October 22, 2020 | Updated 16:21 IST

Highlights

  • Twitter now requires users to quote tweet if they want to reshare something.
  • Twitter has said the change is temporary.
  • The retweet change is likely to help Twitter combat misinformation ahead of US elections.

Twitter lovers, Twitter has temporarily tweaked its Retweet policy. When one hits the retweet button now, they can either add a comment or leave it blank and then Retweet.

In a tweet, the company said, "Hey everyone, we made a temporary change to the Retweet function. When you hit the Retweet button, you can either add a comment to Quote Tweet or leave it blank and hit the Retweet button."

The company is encouraging its users to quote tweets and add their own words on top, rather than simply boost someone else's message.

This change is a part of an effort to "encourage more thoughtful consideration" of tweets -- and presumably, to curb the spread of misinformation.

Many are viewing this as a step taken to stop the spread of information during the United States' election.

Twitter no longer plainly presents the option to retweet someone else's post and instead jumps straight into the quote retweet interface. You can still post a straight retweet by not adding a comment, but the interface is designed to discourage it.

Twitter said the change was "temporary" and would remain in place through "at least the end of Election week."

The world over social media companies like Facebook, Twitter are under pressure to stop the spread of misinformation on their platform. They are also being scrutinised on actions they take to do the same, many are seeing this as Twitter's way of controlling information on the platform.

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