People around the world are already embracing 360 photos and videos on Facebook, getting even more immersive and easier to discover experience with the launch of new “Facebook 360 app for Samsung Gear VR” on Wednesday.
Facebook notes, that to date more than 25 million 360 photos and over 1 million 360 videos are already posted on Facebook to discover from Pages and friends you follow in the Following feed using the Oculus powered Facebook 360.
“The app is a one-stop shop for catching up on what you may have missed from your friends and others you follow, diving into the 360 photos and videos you’ve saved, and finding something new to enjoy,” facebook wrote.
In addition to immersive experience in the Facebook 360 app, you can even pull up more information about the 360 photo or video, and also you can react to, save or share them on Facebook [with more social features adding soo].
The app initially features following four feeds:
- Explore — here you can discover the most interesting and popular 360 content on Facebook from media companies, organizations and individual creators.
- Following — you can experience 360 content posted by friends as well as content from Pages and people you follow.
- Saved — here you can find all 360 content saved by you from News Feed.
- Timeline — here you can relive your memories in a new way through your own 360 photo and video uploads, says facebook.
You can open the Oculus app on Gear VR-compatible Samsung device and search for Facebook 360, or visit the Oculus site to download the Facebook 360 app for Gear VR and getting started.
Facebook is also adding “Disputed Alert” to fight fake news. With this addition, now when a user share disputed content on the social network site, a red warning sign labelling the story as “disputed” will appear just below the link to the story.
Now, when a user share a disputed story, a warning message appear stating, “Before you share this content, you might want to know that the fact-checking sites, Snopes.com and PolitiFact disputed its accuracy.” Users can then either post the content or cancel as they wish.
However, when posted and clicks the alert, a popup opens up and tells about those who disputed it along with links to pages explaining, “Sometimes people share fake news without knowing it. When independent fact-checkers dispute this content, you may be able to visit their websites to find out why. Only fact-checkers signed up to Poynter’s non-partisan code of principles are shown.”
See the picture below how it looks like: