Facebook is sending a notification to users who are sharing COVID-19 links. The notification is to warn them whether the content is old or maybe wrong. It will help the users to get to know about the current information and published source. This step will also lead users to get incredible information from the 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.”
If the information shared by the user is from credible authorities like the World Health Organization then the user will not get the notification.
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David Gillis Tweeted on this:
We have seen good results from our informed sharing screens, and today are rolling out a new treatment for COVID-19 related links.
Before re-sharing, you’ll see links' source and date. We hope this helps people get more context at a time and on a topic that is rapidly evolving. pic.twitter.com/5fucvdOn20
— David Gillis (@davegillis) August 12, 2020
The screen referred above was introduced in June which warned about the content which is 90 days old.
The notification screen will appear if the link is too old, regardless of the source of the content. According to Facebook, the user trusts the content looking at the timelines. Most of the time users share the old content as their new content, they don’t check the time, so, it is very easy to mislead the old content. This is the reason,why Facebook is adding this concept to COVID-19 links.