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Inauthentic Posts To Be Limited By Facebook

In a move that could help limit the virality of harmful content on its platform, Facebook has said that it can limit expression that lacks authenticity

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The social media application, Facebook is displayed on Apple's App Store, July 30, 2019. VOA

In a move that could help limit the virality of harmful content on its platform, Facebook has said that it can limit expression that lacks authenticity.

“We want to make sure the content people are seeing on Facebook is authentic. We believe that authenticity creates a better environment for sharing, and that’s why we don’t want people using Facebook to misrepresent who they are or what they’re doing,” Monika Bickert, Facebook’s Vice President, Global Policy Management, said on Thursday.

Updating its Community Standards, Facebook said that besides authenticity, it focuses on upholding three other values while limiting expressions – safety, dignity and privacy.

“A commitment to expression is paramount, but we recognise the Internet creates new and increased opportunities for abuse,” Bickert said.

Facebook said that it was committed to making the platform a safe place.

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The Facebook mobile app on an Android smartphone. Wikimedia Commons

“Expression that threatens people has the potential to intimidate, exclude or silence others and is not allowed on Facebook,” Bickert said.

The social media giant said it was also committed to protecting personal privacy and information and believes that all people are equal in dignity and rights.

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“In some cases, we allow content which would otherwise go against our Community Standards – if it is newsworthy and in the public interest,” Bickert pointed out.

“We do this only after weighing the public interest value against the risk of harm, and we look to international human rights standards to make these judgments,” she added. (IANS)

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WhatsApp Rolls Out Feature To Share Stories On Facebook

Facebook-owned instant messaging app WhatsApp has begun rolling out a feature for Android users to let them share their status stories directly on Facebook Story

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Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to logos of social media apps Signal, Whatsapp and Telegram projected on a screen in this picture illustration. VOA

Facebook-owned instant messaging app WhatsApp has begun rolling out a feature for Android users to let them share their status stories directly on Facebook Story and other apps.

Just like Instagram, WhatsApp’s status Stories let users post images, text and videos on your profile that disappear after 24 hours.

WhatsApp hasn’t made an official announcement yet but several users reported this on Twitter.

“So WhatsApp has a new feature, you can share your story on WhatsApp to Facebook. For me, this is quite interesting, a centralized mode of communicating to various platforms,” posted one user.

“The New #WhatsApp update allows you to share your statuses on to your #FacebookStory as well,” wrote another.

To use this feature, tap on share button which will show you the apps you can share your WhatsApp status with.

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An iPhone displays the app for Facebook in New Orleans, Aug. 11, 2019. VOA

Tapping on “Share to Facebook Story” will let you share WhatsApp Status to Facebook Story.

Currently, there was no option to have WhatsApp status automatically shared to another service and the instant messaging app intends that the feature should be an active decision on the part of the user.

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The roll out appears to be part of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s plan to create a unified app combining WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram to let over 2.6 billion users communicate with each other cross-apps by 2020.

The move could let the social networking giant tout higher user engagement to advertisers, thus, ramping up its advertising division at a time when growth has slowed down. (IANS)