Facebook is testing adding context to news stories

Facebook is testing adding context to news stories

Facebook is testing adding context to news stories

The company today confirmed that it's testing a new way to provide additional context on articles that users see in their News Feed.

The button will appear as a small "i".

"People have told us that they want more information about what they're reading, Sara Su, a product manager for Facebook told TechCrunch, a widely respected site that covers Silicon Valley and the tech industry".

5, Facebook users will begin seeing a new information button on shared articles.

In addition to the Wikipedia entry, users will get trending and related content, and details on how the article is being shared. "We'll continue to listen to people's feedback and work with publishers to provide you easy access to the important information that helps you decide which stories on Facebook to read share and trust".

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In some cases, if that information is unavailable, Facebook "will let people know, which can also be helpful context", the post said. "They want better tools to help them understand if an article is from a publisher they trust and evaluate if the story itself is credible".

The changes are part of Facebook big, ongoing initiative to improve content integrity Of course, whenever Facebook shows more information, it creates more potential vectors for misinformation. "Vandalism on Wikipedia is a rare and unfortunate event that is usually resolved quickly", she told TechCrunch.

Facebook is testing another feature aimed at fighting fake news.

This is just the latest feature Facebook rolled out to fight fake news.

The button announcement comes after Facebook and Google were criticized after their algorithms promoted false information about the Las Vegas shooting.

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