• Facebook to warn users before sharing COVID-19 content

    Date:13 August 2020 Author: Leila Stein

    Facebook’s ongoing battle against its platform’s misinformation problem continues. In addition to providing WHO-backed info on the coronavirus pandemic, Facebook will now implement a notification screen to give people more context to COVID-19 related links before they share them.

    “The notification will help people understand the recency and source of the content before they share it. It will also direct people to our COVID-19 Information Center to ensure people have access to credible information about COVID-19 from global health authorities,” said the company. 

    “Along those lines, we want to ensure we don’t slow the spread of information from credible health authorities, so content posted by government health authorities and recognized global health organizations, like the World Health Organization, will not have this notification.”

    This follows another notification screen which tells users if the links are older than 90 days.

    Neither of these notification screens will stop people sharing links should they want to but Facebook believes that providing people with more context and time to consider whether what they are sharing is likely true, will help stop the viral spread of false information.

    Whether these are effective or not is still to be seen, especially considering that Facebook has had two “outbreaks” of misinformation videos, including “Plandemic” which blazed through the site near the beginning of the pandemic earlier this year.

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