In order to fight Fake News, Facebook has decided to get help from the ubiquitous Wikipedia.
You are testing a new feature that shows objective information from Wikipedia in some search results, although at the moment there has been no official launch, it seems just a test that some users get to see in their accounts.
Although the fight against fake news appears to be a major player in this action, they also want users not to leave Facebook with third-party links, staying within the platform to check what they are looking for, which may once again affect Facebook. the media that disseminate information of all kinds.
In Social Media Today they have gotten some captures from Twitter users who have already seen the function, and this is what it would look like:
#Facebook is introducing a new final dove insert the biography of the person, try Wikipedia.
L’interfaccia molto similar to Google. pic.twitter.com/LmMrmhtBXY
– Giulio S. (@ astaniscia86) June 9, 2020
The operation will be simple: when searching for topics in the Facebook search bar, we will see results in a box on the right side of the page, with fragments of the Wikipedia article of the topic in question. It is very similar to Google’s knowledge panels, so most people are used to always having an extra to the right of their screen.
Facebook told TechCrunch that the feature is being tested on the mobile web, the iOS app, and the desktop, although it may not be visible to all users.
It is not yet known when it will be implanted, but we will surely be talking about a period of a few weeks.