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Facebook Will Now Tell You Where That Viral Covid-19 Story Came From

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Back in June, Facebook rolled out a new feature that tells its mobile app users if an article they are about to share is more than three months old. While users aren’t prevented from sharing an older article, Facebook said at the time it was an attempt to get people to stop and think about what they were about to share—so hopefully users would actually read the article and analyze if it was from a legitimate source or if it provided the most up-to-date information on a given topic or event.

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Now Facebook is going one step further. David Gillis, a designer at Facebook, tweeted that the social media company is changing that notification to include information about the link’s source, when the website was first registered, and when the article was first shared on Facebook. Also, if the post contains any information related to covid-19, there will also be a link to an official covid-19 information page curated by Facebook.

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However, if a user shares information from a credible health authority, like the World Health Organization, they will not receive a notification. According to Facebook, this is to “ensure people have access to credible information about covid-19 from global health authorities.”

Listing when a website was first registered is designed to help slow the spread of misinformation, but if someone doesn’t understand the relevance of that registration date, it won’t be so helpful. Domain age is one of several determining factors of a website’s credibility, but without actually reading the text, checking backlinks, and digging into original sources, domain age doesn’t mean much on its own.

What’s more is that some users could confuse the “registered” time frame with the article’s original publication date, or confuse the “first shared” date with the original publication date.

There are plenty of sites that dig up up years-old news stories, rewrite them with little or no attribution or acknowledgement of the original publication date from the original source, and then publish—all for the sake of stirring up controversy. Those stories can go viral on Facebook, and I’m not sure including the source link or the domain age will help prevent the spread.

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There are also instances of “news” or “opinion” websites, which also maintain a Facebook page, violating Facebook’s rules about sharing sponsored or paid partnership content. In short, sharing sponsored content must be disclosed to Facebook users and content can only be considered sponsored if a creator is paid to make something to promote a brand, for instance. A news outlet cannot pay another news outlet to share news stories on its Facebook page and call it a “paid partnership.” This recently occurred with the Facebook page Mad World News, which the social network demoted.

What might be helpful in curbing the spread of misinformation online is if whatever algorithm Facebook is using to generate these notifications also scrapes the page to see if it cites an original source, and what that original source is. “This news story originally came from X or Y publication” is something more easily understood and more helpful than domain age, especially if the website reporting on it is a newer but legitimate publication and still has a ways to go to build some clout.

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Or, you know, everyone could actually read Facebook’s tip page on how to spot a fake news story, which actually has good strategies on how to properly analyze a news source.

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Charge Your Phone Wirelessly With 50% off a Multifunctional LED Lamp

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White Wireless Charge Lamp | $18 | Amazon | Clip coupon + code ABC88699
Black Wireless Charger Lamp | $20 | Amazon | Promo code ABC88699

When you’re ready to turn in for the night, you don’t want to forget to charge your phone— especially if your mobile device doubles as your alarm clock.

With this wireless charger lamp, you can make this crucial step of your nightly routine even easier by just setting your phone on the wireless charging pad and… well, that’s all there is to it!

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Other functions include multiple lighting modes as well as a sleep timer option for auto shut-off of the light after 30 or 60 minutes.

This lamp can be yours in white for $18 if you clip the coupon on Amazon (it’s below the original $40 price) and add promo code ABC88699 at checkout.

You can snag the black version for $20 using the same code—no coupon though, sorry.

Don’t sleep on this deal! Who knows how long stock or the coupon code will last?

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Keep That Hotdish Hot With 65% Off a Luncia Casserole Carrier, Only $11 With Promo Code

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Luncia Double-Decker Dish Carrier | $11 | Amazon | Promo code SDDU9S7F

It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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That means you can insulate and keep two dishes of food warm for only $11 instead of $30. What’s more, your Luncia carrier will arrive by Christmas if you order today as a Prime member.

Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Charcoal) | $200 | Best Buy

Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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