A Credible Blurb on Credible Sources
By: Natalie Chaney
Over the past few months, we’ve found ourselves in several, for the lack of a better word, unprecedented situations. With the majority of conversations happening digitally, specifically on Twitter, one of the hardest areas to navigate has been determining what is rooted in fact versus fiction.
In an effort to curb misinformation and encourage meaningful discussions on the platform, Twitter has begun testing a new feature that prompts users who are RTing an unopened article to first read it.
Social Media moves fast in general, but Twitter’s 0-60 is easily the most impressive. This is likely due, in part, to just how easy it is to share information and how users behave on the platform. People often tweet before they think, and links/articles can go viral on Twitter in a matter of minutes.
However, this ease at which articles can be shared can become dangerous and boost the reach of misinformation of harmful conspiracy theories. Social media is where news picks up steam, where people find resources, and where opinions are shared. This new feature will hopefully cause users to think twice before retweeting, and take a deeper look into the content they are putting out.