New Delhi: Facebook has announced that it is officially rolling out a new notification screen that would alert users before they share links related to COVID-19.
The pop-up notification will inform the users about the source and redirect them to the COVID-19 information center.
Facebook has rolled out the new feature to curb the spread of misinformation regarding the novel coronavirus.
The goal, Facebook says, is to “help people understand the recency and source of the content before they share it” and to direct “people to our COVID-19 Information Center to ensure people have access to credible information about COVID-19 from global health authorities.” It builds on the platform’s existing recency notifications, which it launched in June to help cut down on the spread of older links that routinely resurface in ways that can misrepresent current events.
This new notification screen is part of an ongoing series of measures Facebook has been employing since March to try to prevent its platform from becoming a conduit for dangerous coronavirus-related conspiracy theories and other forms of misinformation. At the onset of the pandemic, the company began putting vetted coronavirus information from trusted health and medical authorities at the top of the News Feed, as well as the above-mentioned COVID-19 information hub.
Facebook revealed that the information shared by credible health authorities and global health organizations like the World Health Organisation will not have this notification feature. By doing this, Facebook has ensured that it won’t stop the authorized health platforms from sharing information about the coronavirus on its platform.