Facebook to Notify Users of Old News Articles

Facebook to Notify Users of Old News Articles

News Release | Facebook

When Facebook asked people what kind of news they wanted to see on Facebook, they continually said they wanted information that is timely and credible. In 2018, Facebook added the context button which provided information about the sources of articles we saw in our news feed. Today, Facebook started to globally roll out a notification screen that will let people know when news articles they are about to share are more than 90 days old. 

To ensure people have the context they need to make informed decisions about what to share on Facebook, 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. 

Over the past months, Facebooks internal research team 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have already taken steps to address this on their own websites by prominently labeling older articles to prevent outdated news from being used in misleading ways.

Over the next few months, Facebook is testing other uses of notification screens. For posts with links mentioning COVID-19, they are exploring using a similar notification screen that provides information about the source of the link and directs people to the COVID-19 Information Center for authoritative health information. Through providing more context, their goal is to make it easier for people to identify content that’s timely, reliable and most valuable to them.


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