Mark Zuckerberg is continuously experimenting with his social networking service, adding new features to enhance user experience and to keep up with Skype, the biggest rival that has offered features such as group video-calling since its launch.
Eight months ago, Facebook managed to add group voice calls on the mobile app, and now this feature is available on desktop, as well.
However, for now, Facebook is rolling out a “small test” for the desktop version of the group voice calls and only the lucky users will be part of this program. They will see a phone icon in their group chat on which they’ll click to invite other friends to a call. Facebook is competing against other apps that already support voice calling (WhatsApp) and video calling (WeChat and Slack, which just rolled out its own version of this functionality), and Mark Zuckerberg understands how important these features are and he wants Facebook to be the most appreciated social media platform.
Voice calling was introduced on desktop three years ago, and now Facebook-owned Oculus offers “Parties”, a similar voice calling feature that allows users to make VR-to-VR calls. So, Zuckerberks wants to be one step ahead, to make conversations even more social, so the group functionality will definitely lure many people to join Facebook, if they haven’t done it already.
On top of that, Facebook is struggling to keep fake news under control, and will stop false stories from spreading on the site. The company has teamed up with Poynter International Fact-Checking Network and the two parties will start evaluating articles flagged by Facebook users.
If the articles will prove to be false, they will appear with a link to the organization that debunked the story. “We have a responsibility to reduce the spread of fake news on our platform,” said Adam Mosseri, vice president of product development at Facebook.
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