In an attempt to help identify the stories to trust, read and share on the News Feed, the social networking giant Facebook is testing a new feature that will let users access the additional information about the origin of the stories.
Facebook is testing a context button that will provide additional information about a news article across the network and other sources in order to identify if the same is authentic. In case it is a false news, then the same will be removed. This move is important in the wake of fake information such as Las Vegas shooting where Twitter, Facebook, and Google failed to stop the spreading of fake news.
Lately, Facebook has come under pressure in the recent times has it could not combat better with the spread of misinformation and fake news. Eventually, with the ability to learn more about a specific article right on the News Feeds on Facebook will be a better way to curb the circulation and spreading of fake news on the platform.
According to a blog post by Facebook, this new feature will provide people with the tools they need to make an informed decision when it comes to the stories that they are reading and sharing. The additional information shown will include the details about the source such as the publisher's Wikipedia entry, the related and trending content, and other details of how the information is shared.
By accessing the important contextual information, people can evaluate if the content originates from a trustworthy and credible source. One thing that we know is that the distribution of content through the Facebook Pages will not be affected due to this move.