Twitter Tests Apple Reader Mode as Default

Twitter is reportedly testing a feature in its flagship iOS app that enables Apple’s Reader mode by default when links are clicked in its in-app browser.

Just the text, ma’am: Twitter is reportedly testing a feature in its flagship iOS application that enables Apple’s Reader mode by default when links are clicked in its in-app browser.

The Guardian reported on the test last week, pointing out that Reader removes formatting such as ads, links and comments from webpages, essentially displaying only the text.

Alex Hern of The Guardian pointed out that the results of this test are mixed—“traditional” news articles fare well with the text-only display, but it “manages to mangle the presentation” of several sites.

Hern also pointed out that the original versions of pages must load first, before Reader mode can be enabled, which may lead to ads that aren’t actually viewed being registered as such.

A spokesperson for Twitter confirmed to Hern that this is “just a test for some.”

Readers: What are your thoughts on this test by Twitter?

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Screenshot courtesy of The Guardian.