Facebook to warn users before they share old news articles

published 26.06.2020 10:10

by @JonPorty from theverge.com

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 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.”

Last year, The Guardian started adding the year of publication to the thumbnails of old articles when shared on social media.

Last year, for example, Instagram started warning users before they posted “potentially offensive” captions in their posts, and just this month Twitter announced that it would be testing a feature to encourage users to read articles before retweeting them.