Facebook will now give you a heads up if you're about to post a news article that's more than 90 days old. The new feature will pop up as a notification screen that reads "This article is over 3 months old," giving you the option to continue or go back.
The purpose is to encourage users to share news that's timely and credible, as opposed to old information that isn't relevant anymore, which can ultimately cause confusion and the spread of misinformation.
Often times publication dates are hidden on articles, making it difficult to recognize when one is too old to be relevant. The new feature will help with that.
"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," John Hegeman, VP Feed and Stories, wrote in a blog post. "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have already taken steps to address this on their own websites by prominently labeling older articles to prevent outdated news from being used in misleading ways."
Facebook's new feature is rolling out globally now, with additional notification screens coming in the next few months, including one for COVID-19 information that will provide information about the source of the link and direct people to the COVID-19 Information Center for authoritative health information.