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Facebook Warning Users Before Sharing COVID-19 Links

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Facebook users are seeing a new notification screen when sharing COVID-19 links, warning them the content may be old or inaccurate.

The notification is designed to help make users aware of how recent the content is, and inform them about the source that published it.

Facebook will also direct users to its COVID-19 information center that contains credible information from global health authorities.

“We want to make sure people have the context they need to make informed decisions about what to share on Facebook, especially when it comes to COVID-19 content.

So today, we’re starting to roll out a global notification screen to give people more context about COVID-19 related links when they are about to share them.

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The notification screen will not appear when users share links from credible health authorities such as the World Health Organization.

Even with this measure in place, there’s nothing to stop users from sharing whatever links they want about COVID-19.

David Gillis of Facebook’s design team says the company has seen good results from informed sharing screens so far:.

We have seen good results from our informed sharing screens, and today are rolling out a new treatment for COVID-19 related links.

The informed sharing screen he’s referring to is one that was introduced in June to warn users about sharing content older than 90 days.

Facebook launched an initiative in June to warn users when they’re about to share links that are a few months old.

The notification screen for old links appears regardless of the source of the content.

So even if the old content is from a trusted authority, Facebook will still display the warning screen.

According to Facebook’s research, the timeliness of an article is key when users decide what to read, trust, and share.

Since it’s not uncommon for people to share links without clicking on them, it’s easy for outdated content to spread.

Now, Facebook is applying the exact same measures to COVID-19 links.


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