Facebook Tests New Info Button to Combat Fake Articles in News Feed

Facebook tests a button to provide people easy access to the contextual information that helps people decide which stories to read, share, and trust.

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Facebook October Cyber Security Awareness Month Overview

Going ahead with their effort to tackle fake new articles, Facebook starts a new test that will give people additional context about the articles in News Feed, so, they can make an "informed decision" about the stories to read, share, and trust.

The test involves a new button for links to articles in News Feed, that when tapped will provide access to additional contextual information pulled from across Facebook and publishers' Wikipedia entry.

In addition, details are also included from sources, such as button to follow publisher's Page, trending or related content about the topic, and details on how the article is being shared. Additionally, Facebook will also inform people when the information is unavailable. "Helping people access this important contextual information can help them evaluate if articles are from a publisher they trust, and if the story itself is credible," writes the company.

The company notes, further tweak to the process will happen based on people's feedback and publishers "to provide people easy access to contextual information…..and to improve the experiences people have on Facebook."

Facebook also notes, that Pages, those meet their best practices "won't see any significant changes to their distribution in News Feed" as a result of this test.

Rights Manager, that provide right owners tools to protect their video content, get some new capabilities with third-party integrations from — Friend MTS, MarkMonitor, and ZEFR.

These service provides will provide rights management on Facebook as a service by integrating with Rights Manager API, so owners can reach out to any of these providers for help in managing their intellectual property righs.

Currently, rights owners can use Rights Manager through Page Publishing Tools and by integrating their applications with Rights Manager via the API. However, once the integrations available in coming weeks, those, already using Rights Manager, can contact these companies directly. Otherwise, you need to enroll in Rights Manager first here, and then reach out to the company of your choice.

Facebook Snooze ButtonAlso a new option introduced to help people mute other people and pages on the social networking platform instead of unfollowing or unfriendliness them.

To this end, Facebook is currentlly testing a new 'Snooze' option in the U.S., which is accessible from the drop-down menu next to the name of a person, page, or group. Once, the 'Snooze' button is clicked on a person, page, or group, you can now mute them for either 24 hours, 7 days, or 30 days.

Of course, the people muted will never know about being snoozed, as the muting happend with complete anonymity.

A Facebook spokesperson has confirmed stating, "We're testing new ways to give people control over their News Feeds so they can stay connected with the stories they find most relevant."

Facebook also begun promoting 'October Cyber Security Awareness Month,' by providing people with information in their News Feed about the different tools available to help protect account and remind you of increasing security.

To this end, people will be prompted to run Security Checkup, to enhance the security of Facebook account, like "help you log out of Facebook from unused browsers and devices, get alerts about unrecognized logins," including help on protecting password.

Other examples of security tools offered, include: redesigned security settings page, two-factor authentication, get alerts about unrecognized logins, and blocking tool, that helps you control who sees the things on your profile and manage your interactions on Facebook, says facebook.

For more about these options and how to take advantage of them, check out the I encourage you to check out security information, and security settings pages.

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