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  • Facebook will push you to read articles before you share them.
  • Facebook’s new prompt will show up at the bottom of the app.
  • Twitter introduced similar messaging last June for retweets.

The next time you try to share an article without actually reading it first, Facebook might warn you to think again. The social media company announced on Monday morning that, starting today, it will test a new feature prompting users to actually open and read articles before sharing them on the platform.

The feature is meant to address the sharing of false information, which has become a major source of distress for social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, especially throughout the COVID pandemic and the elections. Since news headlines can be misleading, the prompt hopes to encourage users to know exactly what it is they’re sharing and have all the facts.

Facebook new feature: Spokesperson said

“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”.

Users can also choose to share the unread article if they want to do the same. The test is said to be rolling out to 6 percent of Android users worldwide as revealed by a Facebook spokesperson.

The social network said: People opened articles 40% more often after seeing the prompt, and the number of people opening articles prior to retweeting them was 33%. The feature is similar to one that Twitter launched last year, which warns users to first read an article before they retweet it.

Facebook and Twitter remove about 100 posts and URLs after the government asks them to remove content that is spreading fake news during the pandemic.

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