If, like me, you spend a significant amount of your day on Twitter, you may have noticed some changes to your feed lately.
When you try to retweet a link you haven’t visited before, Twitter adds a label warning which says “headlines don’t tell the full story” and encourages you to read the story for yourself. The intended purpose of the change is to make it harder to share misinformation as we approach the climax of a contentious election season.
But the feature has angered Republican lawmakers, who claimed the feature only appeared on articles from right-wing outlets, accusing Twitter of censoring conservative voices.
Twitter refuted the claim, saying that the label appears on every tweet, regardless of the publication or the article. A fact check from Reuters confirmed the warning applies to news sources across the political spectrum.
Sharing articles without context can be dangerous, and headlines are often misleading. Even I’ve been guilty of retweeting incomplete information on Twitter without thinking twice about it — especially if the tweet contains something funny or shocking.