The social network Twitter has decided that it will slightly alter the way users do Retweets to other tweets and posts.
Social networks are, in most cases, great information allies since they allow access to it quickly. But in recent times, they have also become important weapons of disinformation.
And it is not difficult to find in networks like Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, among other, publications of doubtful credibility as well as numerous hoaxes. It is for this reason, and for the platforms to be reliable and safe environments, that social networks decide to limit this type of publication.
The limitation when retweeting on Twitter is, for now, temporary
It is not the first time this has happened, but this time Twitter has decided to limit a bit its most accessible tool to achieve virality. We are talking about retweets or retweets, a tool used by the vast majority of users of the social network.
Until now, when we saw a publication that we liked and that we wanted to reach more people, we only had to press the retweet icon and our followers could see it, thus giving the publication more reach.
But if until now it was that simple, from now on there will be a «lock” for it. And is that Twitter You have decided that you will show users a notice when retweeting encouraging them to add a comment instead of just retweeting it.
That is, something similar to a function «Quote tweet«. Of course, if users do not add any comments or quote the tweet because they prefer only to retweet, the platform will not prevent it in any way and the retweet will be published as such. It will only encourage users to read the news.
This “limitation” on retweets is implemented, for the moment, temporarily to try to limit the spread of hoaxes and misinformation. We do not know if it will finally stay forever, but apparently the results obtained have been positive and the spread of hoaxes has been largely avoided.