Before Sharing An Article On Facebook, Users Are Advised To Read It

On Monday, Facebook announced that it is testing a new feature that will ask users to open and read an article before posting it on the social media site.

According to the company, people in the test will soon see a prompt warning them that sharing an article without reading it can cause them to miss “key information.” They’ll be given the choice of either opening the news article or continuing to share.

“We’re testing a way to promote more informed sharing of news articles. If you 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,” Facebook said in a tweet from its official Newsroom account.

According to The Verge, which cites a company spokesperson, the test will be rolled out to 6% of Android users worldwide. The change is intended to reduce the spread of false information on its website.

The pop-up message will alert users that if they don’t open the post, they risk missing “important facts.” “Demotions for content on Facebook and Instagram that our systems predict could be disinformation, including debunked statements about voting,” according to Facebook.

The new functionality is modeled after a similar initiative launched by Twitter last year for similar reasons.

Facebook and Twitter have been working to fight disinformation on their platforms about a variety of subjects, including the current COVID-19 pandemic and misleading allegations of election fraud in 2020.

Larger Image Previews Are Now Available On Twitter For iOS & Android

On iOS and Android, the micro-blogging platform Twitter has recently launched larger image previews. The larger image previews, according to the article, do have their limitations.

According to Twitter, images with 2:1 and 3:4 aspect ratios will now show in their entirety. And if a user uploads a picture that is very tall, it will be cropped.

The company began testing this feature in March, but it is now available to all. According to report, this feature is only available on mobile devices.

On the contrary, photos on the web are still cropped the same way they were before, despite the fact that most people have more screen real estate on their computer than on their phone.

However, the micro-blogging site says it will “soon” add this functionality to the internet.

Twitter Allows Android & iOS Users To Share 4K Images

On the Twitter web app, 4K image support was already available. Users of the micro-blogging site Twitter can now upload and display 4K images on the Twitter app on Android and iOS.

The resolution of the images was previously limited to 2,048 x 2,048 pixels, but Twitter mobile app users now have access to 4K images.

With the addition of support for 4K images on smartphones, Twitter users can now upload 4K images from anywhere using the app. Users would, however, need to change their preferences in order to accommodate 4K images.

If you’re wondering how to enable 4K images on Twitter, follow these simple instructions:

Open the Twitter app on your smartphone and select the ‘Settings and Privacy’ option. Once you select the settings option, tap on the ‘data usage’ option under the ‘General’ category. Now, you’ll be able to see the images category with the ‘High-quality Image Uploads’ option.Moreover, here, you’ll now be able to update the image preferences settings for Twitter. You can choose how you want to view and upload 4K images on Twitter – mobile data & Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi only, or Never.

Pakistan Suspends Social Media Platforms Following Violent Protests

Following violent protests by a radical religious party that has now been outlawed by the government, Pakistan has temporarily suspended the services of social media outlets such as Twitter, Facebook, and WhatsApp to prevent them from being used to organize demonstrations.

Following three days of violent protests to compel the government to expel the French ambassador over a blasphemous caricature published in France last year, the government outlawed Tehreek-i-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) on Thursday.

Following the arrest of its leader, Saad Hussain Rizvi, the TLP organized a nationwide protest on Monday. Earlier this week, TLP supporters clashed with law enforcement officers in many towns and cities, killing seven people and injuring over 300 cops.

The Interior Ministry ordered the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to suspend social media services for four hours on April 16th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. PST (GMT+5) to prevent protests after Friday prayers.

The PTA did not provide a reason for the suspension, but official sources said it was suspected that demonstrators would use social media to organize demonstrations. In Pakistan, suspending internet and cell phone services is a common practice to prevent demonstrations and terrorist attacks.

However, only social media has been targeted this time since the TLP was allegedly using it successfully to counteract government action. Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, the Interior Minister, cautioned the TLP on Thursday not to use YouTube to distribute propaganda images.