26 November 2020
Twitter is well-known for trying out different features with the goal of improving the user experience for everyone on the platform. It has announced testing for a new functionality where it will alert users whenever they will retweet an unread article. There is another feature called emoji reactions under testing but that has not been confirmed officially yet.
Starting with what is official, Twitter wants to reduce the spread of fake news and misinformation on the platform. This is the reason it will now offer an alert when a user would click the retweet button without reading the article linked in the original tweet. The alert will simply ask users whether they would be interested in reading the post before actually retweeting it.
It is worth noting that the alert will not force users to read the post. It will only offer a suggestion that it is better to read first but a user can choose to ignore it. Additionally, the alert will not surface at every single such retweet. The feature is currently under testing and available only in the English language for Android users.
Sharing an article can spark conversation, so you may want to read it before you Tweet it.— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) June 10, 2020
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.
The next feature that Twitter is testing is the ability to react to tweets through emojis. It is the same as how emoji reactions are available on Facebook. This is an internal test for now and was spotted by well-known app researcher Jane Manchun Wong. She shared a screenshot showing emoji reactions are available below existing options for retweet and retweet with comment.
Twitter is working on Tweet Reactions…? pic.twitter.com/3Sb6c8cYe3— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) June 10, 2020
Both of these features are currently under testing phase. It means we cannot say exactly when Twitter will make them available for everyone. But as and when it will do that, we will keep you posted.