Facebook has been battling the issue of misinformation for quite some time (with not too much of a success), but the company is trying to do better. And with a global pandemic raising the stakes even higher, the company has announced that it will notify users with some contextual information before they share an article about COVID 19.

When users are about to share an article that mentions COVID-19, a notification will pop up that will tell users the article’s source and the date it was first shared, in a bid to help them understand whether the source can be trusted and if the article is still relevant. The notification box will also have a link that will guide people to Facebook’s COVID-19 Information Center.

However, the notification will not appear for content posted by government health authorities and recognized global health organizations such as the World Health Organization. This is being done to make sure that the spread of vital information from credible health authorities is not slowed down by asking users to pause and do a double-check.

I’ve been writing about consumer technology for over three years now, having worked with names such as NDTV and Beebom in the past. Aside from covering the latest news, I’ve reviewed my fair share of devices ranging from smartphones and laptops to smart home devices. I also have interviewed tech execs and appeared as a host in YouTube videos talking about the latest and greatest gadgets out there.
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