With these new tools, Facebook will also be testing responses among a small subset of U.S. users to find out if the perception of publisher credibility changes at all when these details are added. That includes information about the article’s author — and users included in the test can tap the author’s name in Instant Articles to see these details, which will also include information from his or her Wikipedia entry, a button to follow the person’s Page or Profile, and other articles he or she has recently published.
However, this information will only be displayed if the story’s publisher has allowed author tags on its website in a way that tells Facebook it’s somehow associated with the bylined author’s Page or Profile, which the publisher must verify.
The news comes on the heels of Facebook’s four-pronged outline unveiled last week to help protect election security on its site, one pillar of which was “reducing the spread of false news.” And while that outline didn’t delve into tremendous detail on plans to provide greater context around news items appearing in the News Feed, previous announcements from Facebook have alluded to this change.
“We’ll continue to look for opportunities to improve this experience,” the statement said, “and help give people more context about the news they see on Facebook.”