Earlier in 2018, the social networking giant had added the context button
- The new notification screen would pop up when users click the share button on articles older than 90 days
- Facebook would also test other uses of notification screens in the coming months
In a bid to moderate content better, social networking giant Facebook has announced it was rolling out a notification screen globally that would let people know when news articles they are about to share are more than 90 days old. Also, to ensure that people have the context they need to make informed decisions about what to share on the platform, the notification screen would appear when people click the share button on articles older than 90 days but would 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have already taken steps to address this on their own websites by prominently labeling older articles to prevent outdated news from being used in misleading ways,” John Hegeman, Vice President, Feed and Stories, Facebook, said in a statement.
Earlier in 2018, the social networking giant had added the context button, which provides information about the sources of articles in News Feed.
Over the next few months, the company would also test other uses of notification screens. For posts with links mentioning COVID-19, the company is 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, our goal is to make it easier for people to identify content that’s timely, reliable and most valuable to them,” Hegeman added.