Facebook to warn users before they share old news articles

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Facebook is rolling out a new feature globally that will warn users if they agree about to share an article that is over 90 days old.

This new feature, which was announced in a blog post, has been designed to give people more context about articles before they share them, with the hope that the content on the platform becomes more “timely and credible.”

Users will still have the option to share an article after seeing the notification.

Upon seeing concerns that old news articles can sometimes be shared as though they are current news, Facebook opted to develop this feature.

Facebook says the sharing of old news articles can misconstrue the state of current affairs.

The Facebook feature comes as multiple social networks re experimenting with using prompts to encourage users to change the way they post.

Other social networks that have started warning users include Instagram who started warning users before they posted “potentially offensive” captions in their posts, and just this month Twitter announced that it would be testing a feature to encourage users to read articles before retweeting them.

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