Viral tweet tricks users into thinking Twitter will notify you if someone shares your post via DM
- A Twitter hoax claims users will be notified if someone shares their post via DM
- However, the rumor was proved false by Twitter in a post to its Support page
- Twitter clarified that it notifies users for things like new followers or new DMs
A viral hoax has tricked some users into believing that Twitter will notify them if someone DMs their tweets.
Over the past few days, a tweet has been shared thousands of times claiming it’s a new feature on the site.
The tweet got enough traction that Twitter was forced to publish a tweet debunking the rumor.
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A viral hoax has tricked some users into believing that Twitter will notify them if someone DMs their tweets. Twitter was later forced to publish a tweet debunking the rumor
A tweet shared by user @Julian_Epp included a screenshot claiming to show his notifications, reading: ‘Horse Girls For Bernie 2020 shared your Tweet in a Direct Message.’
The post was retweeted nearly 4,000 times and liked over 18,500 times.
Additionally, several accounts, including celebrity news site ‘Pop Sirens,’ shared the tweet and claimed it was news. The Pop Sirens account was later suspended from Twitter.
In response, Twitter’s Support account flatly denied the rumor.
‘You might have heard chatter about a new update that sends you a notification when someone shares your Tweet in a Direct Message,’ the firm said in a tweet.
‘This is not true. For a roundup of the types of notifications we do send, check our our Help Center.’
Users receive notifications on Twitter if one of their tweets has been liked, if it’s been retweeted, if they’re mentioned in a tweet, if someone has followed their account, as well as recommendations for content they might have missed.
They’ll also receive a notification if they’ve gotten a direct message.
But users will never be notified if someone shares their tweet with another user in a direct message, Twitter explained.
Epp, the author of the viral tweet, said he intended for the image to be a joke.
‘It’s very funny that Twitter had to put out a statement correcting a joke about a Horse Girls for Bernie 2020 account,’ Epp told the Daily Dot.
‘But the fact that so many people believed that the feature could be real shows how many terrible features this site puts out.’
The viral tweet comes as Twitter has sought to crack down on misinformation on its platform.
Earlier this year, the company began featuring some ‘credible sources’ up high in search results as a means to improve the health of public conversation on Twitter.
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Twitter is following in the footsteps of Facebook and Instagram by launching new tools to help prevent the spread of anti-vaccination misinformation.
Users will now be directed to a ‘credible public health resource’ when they conduct a search using specific keywords associated with vaccines.
Twitter said the tool is being rolled out as part of its broader efforts to ‘protect the health of public conversation’ on its platform.
‘At Twitter, we understand the importance of vaccines in preventing illness and disease and recognize the role that Twitter plays in disseminating important public health information,’ Del Harvey, vice president of Trust and Safety at Twitter, said in a statement.
‘We think it’s important to help people find reliable information that enhances their health and well-being.’
For mobile users, a notice will appear in search results that says ‘Know the facts’ and directs users to ‘vaccines.gov,’ a resource managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
On desktops, a tweet will be pinned to the top of search results from HHS.gov, directing users to the vaccines.gov website.
Twitter hopes to expand the feature to other ‘important public health issues in the coming months’.
‘This new investment builds on our existing work to guard against the artificial amplification of non-credible content about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines,’ she added.