Facebook To Warn Users Before They Share Old News Articles
The social media giant Facebook is rolling out a new feature globally that will warn users if they’re about to share an article that’s over 90 days old.
The feature, which was announced in a blog post, is designed to give people more context about articles before they share them, in the hope that the content on the platform becomes more “timely and credible.” Users still have the option of sharing an article after seeing the notification.
The feature was developed in response to concerns that old news articles can sometimes be shared as though they’re current news, Facebook says.
A news article about a terrorist attack from a few years ago can be shared as though it happened much more recently, for example, which Facebook says “can misconstrue the state of current events.”