Twitter will no longer automatically show the quote tweet prompt when you try to retweet something from Wednesday, the company announced.
The change to the way retweets worked was first implemented in October ahead of the 2020 US presidential election. Twitter’s goal with the change was to encourage people to tweet more thoughtfully and amplify information.
“We don’t believe this has happened in practice,” Twitter said a series of tweets. “Quote tweets were on the rise, but 45 percent of them had one-word affirmations and 70 percent had fewer than 25 characters.” Twitter also saw a 20 percent decrease in retweets and quote tweets while the automatic quote tweet prompt was in place.
The increase in quote tweets was also offset by an overall 20% decrease in sharing via both retweets and quote tweets. In view of this, we will no longer request Quote Tweets via the Retweet icon. For more details: https://t.co/Were7yWdOz (3/4)
– Twitter support (@TwitterSupport) December 16, 2020
While the changes were in retweets, you didn’t to have to write something in the quote tweet prompt that appeared. If you leave the prompt blank and hit the retweet button in the prompt, that tweet will be shared with your followers without any context from you. But apparently, the change to retweets hasn’t achieved exactly what Twitter wanted, so the company is changing the way retweets work back to the way they used to be.