Another step towards preventing the spread of fake news and misinformation.
While some users try their best to check if articles are possibly fake or manipulated, others also unknowingly share articles that may also offer outdated information. This is why Facebook is introducing a new way to let users know if the article they’re sharing is old.
This new context button will appear in the shared article, telling you how old the source is. This new method should give you an idea if the article you want to share is still worth sharing considering how old it is. This is in addition to another context telling you if the article that is shared is fake or misleading.
“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have already taken steps to address this on their own websites by prominently labeling older articles to prevent outdated news from being used in misleading ways,” said John Hegeman, VP of Feed and Stories, Facebook.
This feature should roll out to all users in the next couple of weeks – hopefully as a way to help curb the spread of fake news and other misleading information.