Facebook to warn users before they share old news articles

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Facebook is rolling out a brand new characteristic globally that may warn customers in the event that they’re about to share an article that’s over 90 days outdated. The characteristic, which was introduced in a blog post, is designed to offer individuals extra context about articles earlier than they share them, within the hope that the content material on the platform turns into extra “timely and credible.” Users nonetheless have the choice of sharing an article after seeing the notification.

The characteristic was developed in response to considerations that outdated information articles can typically be shared as if they’re present information, Facebook says. A information article a couple of terrorist assault from just a few years in the past may be shared as if it occurred rather more lately, for instance, which Facebook says “can misconstrue the state of current events.”

Facebook just isn’t the primary firm to have tried this strategy. Last yr, The Guardian began including the yr of publication to the thumbnails of outdated articles when shared on social media. The characteristic “[makes] it much harder to spin an old story as a new outrage,” The Guardian’s head of editorial innovation, Chris Moran, wrote at the time.

The Facebook characteristic comes as a number of social networks are experimenting with utilizing prompts to encourage customers to vary the way in which they submit. Last yr, for instance, Instagram began warning customers earlier than they posted “potentially offensive” captions of their posts, and simply this month Twitter introduced that it could be testing a characteristic to encourage customers to learn articles earlier than retweeting them.