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Twitter tests new retweet feature that prompts users to read full articles before sharing

Twitter is testing a new feature that will "prompt" users who haven't read the full article they've retweeted.

The micro-blogging site wants to make sure that their users are well "informed" when they share links to articles on their app and so they are currently trialing a new feature on Android.

A tweet on the Twitter Support page reads: "Sharing an article can spark conversation, so you may want to read it before you Tweet it.

"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."

For now, the prompts will only be on US Android devices.

The latest test comes after Jack Dorsey's app tried out prompts to revise replies with "harmful" language.

The social networking platform hasn't introduced an edit button yet, but a potential new feature - which is being tested on iOS - would give users the opportunity to reconsider responses to other tweets which could be considered offensive.

The Twitter Support account wrote: "When things get heated, you may say things you don't mean.

"To let you rethink a reply, we're running a limited experiment on iOS with a prompt that gives you the option to revise your reply before it's published if it uses language that could be harmful."

With the new feature, when users hit "send" on a reply, they will be told if the words are similar to those in posts which have previously been reported.

They will then be given the option to revise it or not.

The move is part of Twitter's drive to tackle abusive and hateful content on the platform.

Sunita Saligram - the company's global head of site policy for trust and safety - explained: "We're trying to encourage people to rethink their behavior and rethink their language before posting because they often are in the heat of the moment and they might say something they regret."

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