In an effort to curb the spread of misinformation on the platform, Facebook introduces a prompt feature that asks users to read the news articles before sharing.
Facebook is testing a new prompt feature that asks users if they are sure that they want to share an article. The prompt feature is introduced in an effort to promote more informed and responsible sharing of news articles on the platform.
Here is how the prompt feature works
If the user wants to share a news article link they haven’t opened, Facebook will show a prompt message “You are about to share an article without opening it” which will encourage the user to open and read the article before actually sharing it on the platform.
Misinformation and purposeful use of social media for spreading fake news has led to all social media platforms creating various measures that help control and eradicate the issue. US Elections, Brexit, Indian Center Elections, and many such bigger issues have been proved to be influenced through misuse of social media.
The prompt feature is similar to the one rolled out by Twitter to curb the spread of misinformation on the platform. Last year, Facebook tested a similar feature that would warn users if they tried sharing an article that was over three months old in an effort to promote responsible sharing of news articles.