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Facebook Watch: Tighter controls for Groups & Pages, ACJ & BOOMLive tie ups

A new 'mentorship' program in groups Under fire for the role it has played in spreading misinformation on its platform, Facebook has officially announced a new 'mentorship' program — a free service which will pair people who need help or guidance with those who can provide it. Mentorships will start first with a focus on mentoring opportunities within specific Groups — there are about 200 million Group members across the platform. Facebook’s product manager for Groups, Gabriel Cohen, said Facebook will be extending the feature to a smaller selection of Groups which are focused on 'parenting, professional and personal development' before inviting participants more widely. Facebook is banking the administration and running of 'mentorships' not only around specific Groups, but will be relying on Group administrators. Admins will decide whether they want to enable mentorships within their communities, and then they will pair people together, make introductions, and so on. Thereafter, they can communicate through a guided program set up by Facebook, or directly through Messenger. In both cases, conversations are completely private between the mentor and mentee. Authentication for popular Pages in the US People managing Facebook pages with large American followings will now need to take extra steps to verify their identity, according to an announcement made by the company last week. Page managers have to go through an authorization process including two–factor authentication to continue posting on their Pages. They also have to confirm which country they're operating out of.  If a page manager needs to authorize…

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