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Twitter Starts Limiting Retweets for US Elections, But Also Explains How You Can Still Retweet

When a user presses retweet, Twitter prompts them to first use ‘quote tweet’ instead of retweet.

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Twitter Starts Limiting Retweets for US Elections, But Also Explains How You Can Still Retweet

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Twitter has also started labelling misleading posts on Twitter

Highlights
  • This retweet behaviour change will last till the US election end week
  • Users can still retweet by not adding anything to the QT composer
  • Twitter is also prompting users with credible information posts

Twitter has temporarily changed retweet behaviour for global users, first prompting them to use ‘quote tweet' instead of retweet. This is one of the many short-term changes Twitter has introduced ahead of the US election. This change is essentially done to encourage people to add their own commentary rather than just retweeting posts. Many users have been tweeting against this change, but Twitter asserts that users can still retweet by not adding anything in the quote tweet compose prompt.

Twitter had announced earlier this month that it is changing the behaviour of retweets from October 20 till the end of US election week. As promised the rollout has begun, and now when you press retweet, you are pushed to the ‘quote tweet' mode first. Here, users can add their own opinion on the tweet before retweeting it for their followers. Many users are speaking out against this change and think that this will not promote thoughtful commentary in any manner.

In another tweet, Twitter has explained that users can still retweet by not adding anything to the quote tweet compose prompt. If you do this, then the tweet will show up as a normal retweet, like it did before. The new tweet reads, “We heard your overall feedback and understand that some of you, like artists who share their work on Twitter, value Retweets. You can still Retweet by not adding anything into the QT composer.”

Apart from this, Twitter is also labelling misleading content especially from US political figures like candidates and campaigns and prompting users with credible information before they can retweet content that has been labelled as misleading. Furthermore, it will closely monitor US-based accounts with more than 100,000 followers or that get "significant engagement."


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Tasneem Akolawala Tasneem Akolawala is a Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting expertise encompasses smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the overall tech industry. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and releases can be sent to tasneema@ndtv.com. More
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