Twitter is temporarily changing how you retweet leading of the November Third US presidential election, in order to help prevent abuse and the spread of disinformation. There is nothing to worry about, you’ll still be able to retweet. But until at least the end of election week, it won’t be quite as easy as usual to retweet something to all of your followers.
Beginning today, when you click or tap the retweet icon, Twitter will pull up the Quote Tweet composer to encourage you to write something about that tweet before you share it or retweet it. You don’t have to write anything if you don’t want to write, you can just leave the composer blank and hit the retweet button to retweet like you normally would. But Twitter is expecting that by introducing some friction into the process, people might better consider exactly what they’re retweeting or take the opportunity to add their own point of view.
Here’s the outlook of the new retweet workflow:
Twitter has additionally received present “liked by” and “followed by” suggestions from folks a person doesn’t comply with and can epitomize trending subjects in its “for you” tab for US users that embody “additional context.” Then when a person tries to retweet a tweet that’s been labeled as “misleading,” they’ll see a immediate directing them to credible data earlier than they will not retweet the unhealthy data.
The changes to retweets aren’t the only differences that you might see to your Twitter experience today. Twitter also won’t show “liked by” or “followed by” recommendations from people you don’t follow. The trends box will only show trends which include additional context. According to Twitter, Like the changes to retweets, these tweaks will be in place from today until at least the end of election week in the US. These all changes were first announced on October 9th.