Facebook is planning to add notifications concerning the source of COVID-19 related posts; it also intends to warn users when they share any story that is more than 90 days old.
The objective of this move is to bring in more context to the news posted on the leading social network and to curb the flow of misinformation. Facebook aims at making it easy for users to find content that is timely and accurate by providing more context about the source of coronavirus-related posts.
For posts which comprise links related to COVID-19, Facebook is contemplating a notification screen which will provide information regarding the source of the link. This notification screen will direct users to the COVID-19 Information Center for factual health information.
The notification screen will appear when people click the share button on articles which are older than 90 days; however, will permit users to continue sharing if they feel that the article is still relevant.
John Hegeman, Facebook Vice President, mentioned that Facebook’s research showed that the timeliness of an article forms a significant part of the context that lets people determine what to read, believe, and share. He also mentioned that a few news organisations have claimed that posting of old articles can be considered as current news and lead to confusion.
This step is part of several initiatives taken by Facebook and other sites that have been under pressure to curb the influx of inaccurate information and influence campaigns.
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