Facebook’s latest update brings a new feature to all users globally, which will notify them when an article they share is older than 90 days.
Facebook is arguably one of the most influential social networks worldwide with billions of active users reading and sharing information, including news on their timelines daily and this feature is aimed at ensuring the conversation stays fresh.
If the users should decide to, they can still carry on sharing the article by dismissing the notification.
“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,” John Hegeman, VP of Feed and Stories at Facebook, announced.
Facebook will also be working to provide more authoritative information related to COVID-19 via notification screens, which will appear every time a user is reading a post that mentions COVID-19.
“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. 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.”
Earlier this week, on Tuesday, Microsoft gave a boost to Facebook Gaming’s credibility and popularity with the announcement that their video-game focused live streaming platform, Mixer, which was launched in January 2016 and competed with the likes of Twitch, is being shut down completely on July 22, with its community scheduled to transition to Facebook Gaming over the next few weeks.