There’s a lot of information being passed around online regarding COVID-19. Some of it is factual, while some of that information isn’t. Much of this information is contradictory to each other, and it can be difficult to decipher what information is true and what is wrong.
Facebook is adding a tool to their platform in the hopes it will slow the spread of misinformation. When a user tries sharing a COVID-19 related post, they will get a new pop-up that will point them to official health resources. This should hopefully help stop the the wrong information from spreading.
This is what David Gillis of Facebook had to say:
“We’ve 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.”
For more information, check out the full post at Social Media Today.