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Facebook tests a label to show what you have in common with random people



Facebook has stated another way to "connect" you to any of the 2 billion people on the network.

The social media giant told CNET on Friday that it is testing a new label called "things that are common" that users will see in comments.

According to the technology side, when you see a public conversation on the platform, on a brand or publisher page, Facebook will mark things you may have in common with non-friends who have comments.

Therefore, you may see a label saying "You both went to Rutgers University" or that you were both born in California. The label can also reveal if you both work for the same company, but not friends.

The company told CNET that it is a "small" test in the United States, but it did not become more specific about future plans.

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  A giant logo is viewed at Facebook's headquarters in London, UK, December 4, 2017. REUTERS / Toby Melville - RC140919E620

"Knowing common things in common helps people connect , "a Facebook spokeswoman told CNET. "We are trying to add a" thing to common "tag that will appear on comments from people you are not friends with, but you may have something in common."

The new feature comes as Facebook and other social media companies are tweaking algorithms or changing policies to promote healthier conversations and stop the flow of misinformation, hate speech and bots.

Facebook also said that the information included in "things that are common" will only have what the users have set to be public and will adhere to the user's existing privacy settings.

The company, which has seen user growth, is unknown to Wall Street expectations, and younger users turn to platforms like Snapchat, will also launch a dating feature in another bid to keep users engaged on the social network.

Christopher Carbone is a journalist and news editor covering science and technology for FoxNews.com. He can be reached at christopher.carbone@foxnews.com. Follow him on Twitter @christocarbone .


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