Facebook added to its ongoing efforts to provide context on content shared via its platform with a new notification screen that alerts people who are about to share articles that are over 90 days old.
People can still proceed and share the article if they believe doing so is relevant.
Vice president of News Feed and Stories John Hegeman said in a Newsroom post, “Over the past several months, our internal research found that the timeliness of an article is an important piece of context that helps people decide what to read, trust and share. News publishers in particular have expressed concerns about older stories being shared on social media as current news, which can misconstrue the state of current events. Some news publishers have already taken steps to address this on their own websites by prominently labeling older articles to prevent outdated news from being used in misleading ways.”
Hegeman added that the social network will test other uses for notification screens over the next few months, including one for posts with links related to Covid-19 that provides information about the source of the link and directs people to Facebook’s Coronavirus (Covid-19) Information Center.