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Facebook’s News Feed test, launched last Octo­ber, expands to give users more con­text around news head­lines.

Face­book is expand­ing a News Feed test it launched last year that aims to help users deter­mine the integri­ty of news items post­ed on the plat­form.

Orig­i­nal­ly, the test includ­ed an “i” but­ton added to news head­line links that, when clicked, dis­played more infor­ma­tion about the arti­cle and the pub­lish­er that ran it. Now, in addi­tion to the “i” but­ton dis­play­ing fur­ther infor­ma­tion about the arti­cle, it will also dis­play a sec­tion of “Relat­ed Sto­ries” with recent head­lines from the pub­lish­er, a share count that shows where the news item has been shared geo­graph­i­cal­ly in the US and a list of the user’s friends who have shared it.

There is also an option to fol­low the publisher’s page with­in the “About this arti­cle” infor­ma­tion.

Face­book says the lat­est updates to the News Feed test are being rolled out to every­one in the US. (The ini­tial announce­ment about the “i” but­ton didn’t say who, or how many users would see the test.)

Face­book is also rolling out a new test to a lim­it­ed num­ber of users that will show infor­ma­tion about an article’s author, but this test is only for arti­cles pub­lished via Facebook’s Instant Arti­cles for­mat.

Peo­ple in this test will be able to tap an author’s name in Instant Arti­cles to see addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion, includ­ing a descrip­tion from the author’s Wikipedia entry, a but­ton to fol­low their Page or Pro­file, and oth­er recent arti­cles they’ve pub­lished,” writes Face­book in the announce­ment on its news site.

Face­book says the author infor­ma­tion will only dis­play if the article’s pub­lish­er has imple­ment­ed author tags on their web­site and val­i­dat­ed the author’s asso­ci­a­tion to the pub­lish­er. This test is not rolling out to the entire US; instead, it’s being released as a “small test in the US.”

Accord­ing to Face­book, the new­ly added infor­ma­tion around head­line links in the News Feed is the result of feed­back from Facebook’s com­mu­ni­ty and its aca­d­e­m­ic and indus­try part­ners.

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