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Facebook to offer more ‘context’ on corona virus-related posts

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This move is also aimed at adding more context to the stories which are shared on Facebook. It also aims to stem the flow of fake news and misinformation. 

Social media giant Facebook announced on Thursday that they are looking to add all the relevant notifications about the source of the coronavirus-related posts and will then subsequently issue warning to users about the same of they share stories that are older than 90 days. 

This move is also aimed at adding more context to the stories which are shared on Facebook. It also aims to stem the flow of fake news and misinformation. 

As per Facebook Vice President John Hegeman, the platform is seeking to direct people to “authoritative” information about the COVID-19 outbreak through its hub on the pandemic.

Then there are posts that have links that mention COVID-19 and Facebook is aiming to introduce a “notification screen that provides information about the source of the link and directs people to the COVID-19 Information Center for authoritative health information,” he said.

“Through providing more context, our goal is to make it easier for people to identify content that’s timely, reliable, and most valuable to them.”

Hegeman also said a notification would be added to warn users which will warn users when they try to share old stories that might have lost relevance in the longer run. 

“To ensure people have the context they need to make informed decisions about what to share on Facebook, the notification screen will appear when people click the share button on articles older than 90 days but will allow people to continue sharing if they decide an article is still relevant,” he said.

Hegeman went on to add that as per a research conducted by Facebook, “that the timeliness of an article is an important piece of context that helps people decide what to read, trust and share” and that some news organizations have issued complaints about sharing of older stories in the garb of current news “can misconstrue the state of current events.”

The move is just one of the many moves taken by Facebook and other platforms to control the flow of fake news and untrue information. 

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