Twitter is working on a prompt to make you read an article before sharing it. This feature as of now is limited to Android users only. It raised suspicions that Twitter has been tracking user clicks. This feature is a part of Twitter’s goal to lift up “informed discussion.” Users often share a link without even reading the article resulting in click baits getting promoted irrespective of the content.

Twitter’s Announcement

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.”

Twitter in a tweet explained that the goal was to “improve the health” of the discussions.

This feature is only applicable to links to news domains:

Twitter Says Its An Experimental Feature

Twitter states that it is only an experimental feature limited to android users so as to work out any bugs.

Privacy Concerns

Some users on Twitter are raising concerns about Twitter tracking users to check if they had read an article.

But This Is Not How Its Works

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Twitter says that it does not track what users are doing on the other sites. Twitter only checks if you have clicked the article on twitter before sharing the article.  Not only this Twitter was also accused of making a new way to display more ads.

Twitter Responded:

Maybe A Bug In Twitter Prompt

A user said that they are subscribed to and read news outside of the Twitter platform. So when they share something they have read outside the twitter platform it causes a prompt to read the article.

Alan Bleiweiss Shared The Same


If a user clicks an article from the Twitter link then Twitter will not display any notice. But if users have not clicked on the article it prompts you to read the article. The goal is to encourage informed discussions. Many will approve this and many will complain about it but this feature is a good one.

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