Facebook Hitting Some Users with Extremist Warning
Facebook has launched a new feature designed to curb some of the most outlandish claims and stories that its users try to spread. The popular social media site is now slapping some content with an “extremist warning.”
Details of Warning
The new warning pops up when Facebook’s censors believe that the content may be harmful, violent, or inherently false. This warning will pop up and alert users before they click on a link or visit a person’s post or landing page.
The warnings will also include ways to get support for people who are susceptible to believing these extremist views and conspiracy theories.
Why the Warning?
The site has come under fire in recent years due to the power that it inadvertently possesses. In particular, critics point to how users of Facebook helped play a part in swaying the results of the 2016 Presidential election. By allowing users to spread false information about Hillary Clinton, some political experts allege that Facebook helped to turn the election to Donald Trump.
Most recently, the company was criticized for being a medium that allowed those who participated in the January 6 Capitol riots to rally their forces for violent purposes.
Facebook officially states that the warnings have been put in place in an effort to stomp out extremism while also offering positive resources for those who may be victims of the spread of false information.
The company said that they are partnering with non-governmental organizations and academic experts to help to be a part of the solution to the problem of misinformation on the internet.