Facebook has announced that it began testing a new feature recently that will prompt it users to at least open a link before they share it with their network. The social media platform says it’s running the test to see if it will promote more informed sharing of news articles.
“You’re about to share this article without opening it,” the prompt will show. “Sharing articles without reading them may mean missing key facts.” It then offers users two options. You can either open the article or share it as usual.
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 may sound like you’ve heard a similar feature before now, sure… it’s because Twitter has in September installed the feature after a long testing period that helped the company found the message largely succeeded in getting more users to read before they tweet.
In fact, Twitter said the feature even allow some people opt out of retweeting a story at all. The feature also builds on similar roadblocks Facebook has deployed in the past. Those will prompt you to reconsider before you share older articles and ones about COVID-19.