The Guardian is introducing a new timestamp system to ensure their old articles are understood as archive content, and not as current news material.
The Guardian was already one of the only publishers to show a disclaimer on every article more than a year old — the label will now be way more prominent. But maybe most importantly, the timestamp will now also be included in the image preview that appears when you share an article on social media.
It’s a smart and responsible move that will help fight misinformation on social platforms. It will both deter ill-intentioned actors from sharing old content that support their views, and make sure that people have a clear understanding of what they’re reading. It’s also a reminder that small design & product details can have a big impact on how news is used, distributed, and perceived by readers.
Small details that matter: too few news websites bother to warn about the recency of their archive content — see that little disclaimer on The Guardian's pages — and that's a problem when readers are struggling to identify & trust what they read https://t.co/wGDExoGhEC pic.twitter.com/dEa6Rayfq8
— News Porn (@newsporrrn) October 21, 2018