Facebook’s background information feature for news articles is now live for India

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By: Tech Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 27, 2018 9:10:30 pm

In 2017, Facebook started testing out a new feature in the US, which provided its users with additional information on the publisher and article which they saw in their news feed. The company said they developed this feature to help its users decide what to read and share, get more information around the news source and could act as a way to cut down on spread of fake news on the platform.

The company has now started rolling out the new feature in India, Germany, France Spain and Poland. The roll-out seems to be phased as we tested it out on two accounts, one of which had received the feature, whereas, the other one did not. This new feature is already available in the US, Canada, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, New Zealand, UK and Ireland.

The feature currently provides Facebook users with publisher’s details, a quick view of the publisher’s recent stories posted on the platform, a view of articles by the publisher shared by any of their friends, domain age and more information about the author.

Author information will include, the author’s Wikipedia description, a follow button and a view of their recent articles. Earlier, this feature was limited to only articles posted online, however, Facebook has expanded it since then to include all links posted on the platform.

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The company states that this feature was developed with the help of multiple sets of users and publishers, and will continue to expand the view of this feature with time. The idea behind the background information feature was to help give users more context around a news article, and help them understand the credibility of the news piece and whether they should trust the article source.

 

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