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Facebook launches app to make predictions about world events

The first topic open to predictions – and discussions – is the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Wednesday, June 24, Facebook launched the  Forecast beta, an iOS app that focuses on making predictions about events that will occur in the future. Starting today, Facebook will invite people to make predictions about the COVID-19 pandemic , so Forecast members can now post questions, make predictions about what might happen in the future, and discuss the results.

“We believe that a community built around predictions is not only a good way to foster community wisdom, but can also help foster healthier online conversations on a wide range of topics,” wrote Rebecca Kossnick, chief. product from Forecast, on the Facebook blog. 

Those interested in participating will have to register in the Facebook group for the  Forecast beta  and download the app. However, initially the platform will be available only to users in the United States and Canada on their iOS devices, but the predictions and discussions will be open to everyone on the Forecast website and can be shared on different platforms. 

Forecast was developed by Facebook’s New Product Experimentation (NPE) team, which has launched applications such as Venue, an app for viewing events in the company of experts; Collab, an app to create collaborative music and  CatchUp, an app for voice calls, among others. 

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