To curb the spread of old news and fake news, Facebook has announced that it’s rolling out a notification screen that notifies people once they share news articles that are quite 90 days old. With the context button, the new notification screen is supposed to tell users to make informed decisions about what to share on Facebook.
Notably, 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.
Facebook acknowledged that old stories divided of their original context play a task in spreading misinformation. The social media company said “news publishers in particular” have expressed concern about old stories being recirculated as if they’re breaking news.
According to Facebook,
“Over the past several months, our internal research found that the timeliness of a piece of writing is a crucial piece of context that helps people decide what to read, trust, and share.”
Instagram also launched an identical pop-up notification last year to curb its users from sharing abusive comments with an identical set of options.
In a blog post announcing the new feature, Facebook said that it’s now considering other forms of notification screens to scale back misinformation, including pop-ups for posts about COVID-19 that might provide context about source links and steer users toward public health resources.
“Through providing more context, our goal is to form it easier for people to spot content that’s timely, reliable, and most precious to them.”