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Facebook Tests Out GIF Button For Comments, 'Disputed' Tag Making It More Annoying To Share

By Cameron , Mar 25, 2017 04:00 AM EDT
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Facebook, the popular social networking site has finally rolled out a GIF button on the comment section that is scheduled for testing next week. On the other hand, with the company's "Disputed" tag feature to battle against fake news, it's getting harder or annoying for people to share posts.

The GIF Button For Comments

Back in December, CEO Mark Zuckerberg conducted a live stream on Facebook to talk about the upcoming developments within the social networking site and also presented an upgraded Oculus Touch Controller for the Rift VR headset. On the live stream, the CEO mentioned that the comment section will soon support GIF, but did not give any specific date or month as to when.

Interestingly, it's reported that the company will begin testing next week a GIF button that lets the user post GIFs from services like Giphy and Tenor as comments. Furthermore, it will only be available to a small percentage of users. However, if the feature will prove to be popular, it might be rolled out to everyone else.

The Disputed Tag

Earlier this month, Facebook's feature, the Disputed tag was spotted. It was meant to be a tool to eradicate fake news.

As reported, it seems that the feature is really making users aware of fake news articles posted on the site. In fact, when a user shares an article that is tagged as Disputed, it will quickly warn the user whether he/she would want to continue sharing it, making all users aware and giving the people who are promoting fake news a hard time.

However, despite the effectiveness of the tool, there are still some issues that need to be worked on. First is that the tool doesn't seem to be universal, at least not yet. Second is that assessing whether an article is promoting fake news or not takes a long process that can result in delays. In fact, one article that was later found to be promoting fake news remained untagged for nearly a week.

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