Facebook will now alert users if an article they are about to share is more than three months old to prevent outdated news misleading people. As part of the new feature, Facebook posts containing an article older than 90 days will generate a pop-up notification when the user clicks the ‘Share’ button. The social network, which is rolling out the feature globally from Thursday, said the decision is in response to concerns from news outlets. Old news stories can go viral on social media years after they were first published, which can misconstrue the state of current events. Some news organisations have already added prominent age labels onto their stories to prevent confusion or distortion. The social network said the change would help people ‘make informed decisions’ about what they share and prevent outdated news ‘being used in misleading ways’. Facebook is hoping to help people ‘make informed decisions’ about what they share online, following concern from news publishers RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Facebook BANS sale of ancient artefacts amid fears that… UK adults are now spending more than a quarter of their… Microsoft Mixer partners angered over sudden shutdown say… Facebook lets US users turn off political ads… Read full this story
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