Oct 5, 2017

Facebook tests News Feed transparency tool

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Photo: Noah Berger/AP

Facebook is testing a new feature designed to give people additional context on articles they see in News Feed, so that they can be better informed about the information they share, read and trust. Beginning Thursday, people will see a button next to articles in the News Feed which they can tap to receive additional context on the article without being directed to a separate page. The effort is an initiative of the Facebook Journalism Project.

Why it matters: It's the latest step Facebook is taking to stop false information and fake news from spreading on its platform. CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently asked for forgiveness for the ways his work "was used to divide people rather than bring us together."

Our thought bubble: Facebook says that the additional contextual information will be pulled from across Facebook and other sources, like information from the article publisher's Wikipedia entry. Wikipedia and Facebook are both crowdsourced platforms, so it will be interesting to see if those sources continue to pull the most accurate contextual news and information.

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American carnage

Protesters race up a hill to avoid tear gas in Philadelphia, June 1. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

The list of victims has swiftly grown since George Floyd died in police custody just eight days ago.

The big picture: Protests against police brutality have turned into a showcase of police brutality, with tear gas and rubber bullets deployed against crowds. The police have the arsenals at their disposal, but we're also seeing law enforcement officers becoming targets.

McConnell blocks resolution condemning Trump's actions against peaceful protesters

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blocked a resolution introduced by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday that would have condemned the use of tear gas and rubber bullets against peaceful protesters outside the White House on Monday in order to allow President Trump to walk to St. John's Church.

What they're saying: "Justice for black Americans in the face of unjust violence, and peace for our country in the face of looting, riots, and domestic terror. Those are the two issues Americans want addressed," McConnell said on the Senate floor.

George W. Bush breaks silence on George Floyd

Goerge Bush in Michigan in 2009. Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Former President George W. Bush (R) wrote in a statement Tuesday that he and his wife, Laura, are "anguished" by the death of George Floyd, and said that "it is time for America to examine our tragic failures."

Why it matters: It's a stark juxtaposition when compared to fellow Republican President Trump's response to current civil unrest. While Trump has called for justice in Floyd's death, he's also condemned protestors and threatened to deploy military personnel if demonstrations continue.