Facebook Feature Requires Users to Pass Quiz on Controversial Topics Before Posting

MENLO PARK, CA – In light of the recent outcry from many in the social media community over posts considered to be ‘factually inaccurate’, industry giant Facebook has taken action and launched a feature called Post Legitimizer which requires users to pass a short quiz on posts relating to select, controversial topics.

The aim of this feature is reduce the number of ‘factually false and potentially damaging statements’ often proliferated on the platform, according to a release released by the company.

How the Feature Works

If a user elects to submit a post regarding a controversial topic (determined by a Facebook algorithm), before it is allowed to go live they are prompted with a short quiz relating to the topic of their post.

If the quiz is passed, the post goes live immediately.  In the event of a failed quiz the user will be blocked from posting anything on the topic for 72 hours, what Facebook is calling a ‘cooling off period we hope will be used for researching the topic’.

Each quiz has a timer of 7 seconds and if the user exceeds this limit or changes screens, their post is automatically denied.

Exclusive Testing

The Orb team was fortunate enough to be granted an opportunity to test the beta version of the feature several weeks before the official launch.

Our group of randomly selected testers were asked to post as they normally would on a variety of topics.  We have highlighted a few hot topics.

TOPIC #1: Refugees

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TOPIC #2: VACCINES

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TOPIC #3: PRESIDENT OBAMA

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TOPIC #4: EVOLUTION

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TOPIC #5 – ABORTION

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TOPIC #6 – BIG GOVERNMENT

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TOPIC #7 – GUNS

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TOPIC #8 – BLACK LIVES MATTER

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Already in the first days of its launch, satisfactions among Facebook users is up significantly.  Overall posts have dropped by nearly 60%.

The Orb will continue its coverage of Post Legitimizer as it is released.

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