Facebook said on Thursday it would start promoting content from Facebook’s public groups in users’ news subscriptions and search engine results. The move ignored calls by regulators to limit algorithm recommendations ahead of next month’s US election. Fidji Simo, head of Facebook’s app, said in a blog post that the company would post recommendations in news feeds by displaying “related discussions” from public groups next to a link or post. Facebook will also start showing conversations from public groups outside the app, such as conversations in web search, Simo said. < p > < p > Facebook declined to say when specific policy changes would be introduced, with a spokesman saying only that the US test would be conducted “to a very limited extent” in the coming weeks. < p > < p > Facebook made groups a strategic focus last year and said it was adding new auditing tools to the 70 million users who manage these communities to help them reject posts, lead discussions and arrange paid sponsorship. < / P > < p > according to an internal Facebook memo, this year’s group push campaign has been a success on Facebook apps. As of August, the number of content posted by the group increased by 31.9% year-on-year. < / P > < p > at the same time, Facebook is also facing a series of scandals about extremist activities within the group, including thousands of Boogaloo, qanon and militia groups and communities that spread false health information. < / P > < p > a few days ago, accountable tech and a dozen other advocacy groups called on Facebook to suspend the use of group recommendations until the election results on November 3 are officially certified. < / P > < p > the alliance accused Facebook of prioritizing groups despite the danger signals sent by researchers, warning that the tools had become “a hidden fertile ground for rumor mongering and extremist organizing platforms.”. “It is a dangerous option to make content from these groups more widely spread and more easily identified before highly controversial elections during the new crown pandemic,” Connor said The report shows that the number of app store purchases soared in the first half of this year due to the impact of covid-19