Facebook will Inform Users When They’re About to Share Old News

What kind of news people would like to see on Facebook? Well, most say that they want to see timely and credible information. This is why Facebook is trying to do things to help in providing people with additional context about the content they share.

In April 2018, they added the context button, which provides information about the sources of articles in the News Feed. This button is the small “i”-like icon which can be found on the lower right portion of a blog or article.

Just recently, Facebook has introduced another one of their efforts. This might just help more in giving people the context they need to make informed decisions about what to share on their platform.

Facebook VP Feed and Stories John Hegeman, on June 25, 2020, have announced that Facebook has started to globally roll out a notification screen. This will let people know when news articles they are about to share are more than Ninety (90) days old.

“The notification screen will appear when people click the share button on articles older than 90 days, but will allow people to continue sharing if they decide an article is still relevant.”

John Hegeman, Facebook VP Feed and Stories, June 25, 2020

Facebook on Timeliness of Articles

The timeliness of an article is an important piece of context that helps people decide what to read, trust, and share. That’s what the company’s internal research has found out over the past several months.

Thus, older stories that are being shared on social media as current news have been a concern since according to news publishers, it can “misconstrue the state of current events.”

According to Facebook, some news publishers have already taken steps to address this on their own websites. They do this by prominently labeling older articles to prevent outdated news from being used in misleading ways.  

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