FACEBOOK TO ALERT USER,S BEFORE THEY SHARE OLD NEW,S ARTICLES

FACEBOOK HAS UPDATED A NEW FEATURE GLOBALLY THAT WILL ALERT USERS IF THEY,RE ABOUT TO SHARE AN ARTICLE THAT,S OVER 90NDAYS OLD . THE FEATURE , WHICH WAS ANNOUNCED IN A BLOG POST , IS DESIGNED TO GIVE PEOPLE MORE CONTEXT ABOUT ARTICLES BEFORE THEY SHARE THEM , IN THE HOPE THAT THE CONTEXT ONTHE PLATFORM BECOMES MORE ” TIMELY AND CREDIBLE ” . USERS STILL HAVE THE OPTION OF SHARING AN ARTICLE AFTER SEEING NOTIFICATION .

THE FEATURE WAS DEVELOPED IN RESPONSE TO CONCERNS THAT OLD NEWS ARTICLES CAN SOMETIMES BE SHARED AS THOUGH THEY,RE CURRENT NEWS , FACEBOOK SAYS . A NEWS ARTICLE ABOUT A TERRORIST ATTACK FROM A FEW YEARS AGO CAN BE SHARED AS THOUGH IT HAPPENED MUCH MORE RECENTLY , FOR EXAMPLE , WHICH FACEBOOK SAYS ” CAN MISCONSTRUE THE STATE OF CURRENT EVENTS.”

FACEBOOK HAS NOT THE FIRST COMPANY TO HAVE TEIED THIS APPROACH . LAST YEAR , THE GUARDIAN STARTED ADDING THE YEAR OF PUBLICATION TO THE THUMBNAILS OF OLD ARTICLES WHEN SHARED IN SOCIAL MEDIA THE FEATURE (MAKES ) IT MUCH HARDER TO SPIN AN OLD STORY AS A NEW OUTRAGE , THE GUARDIAN,S HEAD OF EDITORIAL INNOVATION, CHRIS MORAN , WROTE AT THE TIME .

THE FACEBOOK FEATURE COMES AS MULTIPLE SOCIAL NETWORKS ARE EXPERIMENTING WITH USING PROMPTS TO ENCOURAGE USERS TO CHANGE THE WAY THEY POST . LAST YEAR , FOR EXAMPLE , INSTAGRAM STARTED WARNING USERS BEFORE THEY POATED ” POTENTIALLY OFFENSIVE ” CAPTIONS IN THEIR POST , AND JUST THIS MONTH TWITTER THAT IT WOULD BE TESTING A FEATURE TO ENCOURAGE USERS TO ” READ ARTICLES BEFORE RETWEETING THEM” .

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