Facebook said Thursday it will introduce a notification screen to warn users if they try to share content more than 90 days old, "To ensure people have the context they need to make informed decisions."
From the Facebook announcement:
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 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have already taken steps to address this on their own websites by prominently labeling older articles to prevent outdated news from being used in misleading ways.
Some observations from Twitter, below.
Wanted to get clarity on the new FB pop-up because of the wording on the release.
A Facebook rep told me that the pop-up "will only appear on links that reference news content and are reshared by profiles and pages." So this doesn't include ppl posting a link, only sharing one. https://t.co/dqB7zChrJa
— Jane Lytvynenko 🤦🏽♀️🤦🏽♀️🤦🏽♀️ (@JaneLytv) June 25, 2020
I'm going to share this article on Facebook in 90 days and see what happens…
(Also, shouldn't they also alert people that the content they are READING is not current as well?) https://t.co/thPbMmv7NG
— Jon-Stephen Stansel (@jsstansel) June 25, 2020
Targeted changes like this can make an important difference on public debate. Glad we're rolling this out and looking forward to more as we keep developing notifications like this!https://t.co/2aMa17tAJn
— Nathaniel Gleicher (@ngleicher) June 26, 2020