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Facebook launches online petitions feature

Facebook is launching a new feature that helps users to sign online petitions.

The social network company is rolling out the so-called Community Actions function in the US, where Facebook users will be able to sign online petitions whilst in their news feeds.

The feature has been tested over a number of weeks, according to TechCrunch, which reported that that Community Actions is supposedly building on a previous pilot.

Community Actions is also set to extend Facebook's influence in terms of political and social movements.

Already, the website is widely used to organise big events, such as the Women's March in 2017.

Last week, meanwhile, it was revealed that Facebook had removed 500 pages and accounts that were accused of hosting fake news.

The social networking platform took the action against pages and accounts in Central Europe, Ukraine and other parts of Eastern European, and in a blog post, Facebook explained that it was designed to curb the influence of groups that "manipulate people".

Nathaniel Gleicher, head of cyber-security policy at Facebook, said: "We're taking down these pages and accounts based on their behaviour, not the content they post.

"In these cases, the people behind this activity co-ordinated with one another and used fake accounts to misrepresent themselves, and that was the basis for our action."

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