Facebook has revealed that it is testing a new feature that will alert users who share news article link with others without reading. Many users share articles and posts they have not read. Social media giant wants to stop this practice to curb misinformation on its platform.
According to the official image released by the social media giant, when a user wants to post an unread storey, a pop-up alert will appear informing them that “You are about to share an article without opening it.”
Starting today, we’re testing a way to promote more informed sharing of news articles. If you go to share a news article link you haven’t opened, we’ll show a prompt encouraging you to open it and read it, before sharing it with others. pic.twitter.com/brlMnlg6Qg
— Facebook Newsroom (@fbnewsroom) May 10, 2021
It will also state that “Sharing articles without reading them may mean missing key facts,” However Facebook has not rolled out this new feature for all users. Although Some users might have got this feature to test.
Last year, Facebook tested a similar feature that would notify users if they attempted to post an article that was more than three months old.
Facebook’s latest test is almost similar to one that Twitter launched last year, in which users were asked to read a viral post before retweeting it.