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Facebook Enable Publishers to Label Breaking News, Ends News Feed Test

Continuing withits commitment to show more high quality news, Facebook along with a small group of local and national publishers in the United States is running a test to help them identify what stories are breaking news and accordingly label the news.

Publishers in the test are allowed to label Instant Articles, mobile and web links, and Facebook Live as breaking news.

Now starting week of March 6, Facebook will expand this test to fifty additional publishers in North and Latin America, Europe and Australia, so that they can label their stories as breaking news on Facebook.

If this expansion become successful, Facebook notes, it’ll add more publishers.

To label as breaking news, publishers once in a day can use the indicator to set the duration for a story to mark as breaking — max. allowed time is up to 6 hours. Also, extra pool of 5 indicators per month are allowed.

Facebook Breaking News Label

The posts will appear in News Feed and there will be information in Page Insights, so that publishers can track how their tagged posts perform.

In addition, readers by clikcing in the top-right drop-down menu of a post can report when they don’t consider a story to be breaking news.

Facebook also, announced of ending a news feed test called the “Explore Feed”. The test involved of two different News Feeds: one feed was a dedicated place with posts from friends and family. While the another feed was dedicated for posts from public Pages.

The test was started in October 2017 in six countries, and ending it is a decision of the survey that signaled “people don’t want two separate feeds,” said Facebook.

Facebook is committed to the newly updated Facebook feed. That may be bad news for businesses and other organizations who have seen their traffic levels plummet with Facebook’s current news feed.

“The Explore Feed was a trial response to consistent feedback we received from people over the past year who said they want to see more from friends and family in News Feed. The idea was to create a version of Facebook with two different News Feeds: one as a dedicated place with posts from friends and family and another as a dedicated place for posts from Pages.”

Separately, also Facebook has discontinued its Explore Feed bookmark globally as on last week. The Explore gave people a new feed of content to discover Pages and public figures they hadn’t previously followed. “We concluded that Explore isn’t an effective way for people to discover new content on Facebook,” Facebook wrote.

Update 03/07: Facebook today introducing Video Chat in Messenger Lite, a slimmed down version of Messenger for Android.

Messenger Lite offers core messaging capabilities like sending text, photos, links, and audio calls to people with either Messenger Lite or Messenger. Messenger Lite is under 10MB, making it fast to install and quick to start up.

To get started with Video chat in Messenger Lite, simply open an existing conversation or find a person to chat with in your contact list, then tap the video icon on the upper right corner of the screen.

Also, an audio call can be upgraded to a video chat while still in the call by tapping the video icon in the bottom right corner of the screen.

Here is a video demonstration of the new vidoe chat in Messenger Lite:

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