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Facebook Rolls Out File-Sharing Feature For Groups

Groups on Facebook have now been bestowed with the power to use the file-sharing tool - with yesterday's update marking the rollout of the service.

Introduced last month, the function was initially limited to its "Groups for Schools" initiative, allowing Group members to share documents including lecture notes and schedules, with each file upload limited to 25MB.

"We started to roll out file sharing for all Groups," said a Facebook spokesperson on Thursday. Thursday.

Facebook currently has over 380 million monthly active members using the Groups facility; and file sharing is "only out to a small percentage right now, but we'll be rolling it out to all groups soon."

However, should any inappropriate or copyrighted files be shared, "You can report content the same way you do for other content across the site. You'll see a report link under each file," explained the Facebook spokesperson.

Here's a snapshot of Facebook's new file-sharing tool:

Whilst the concept of file-sharing will undoubtedly be a huge deal for the social network, the service does not include the sharing of music or exe. files. However, comics, ebooks, music videos and small films apply.

"PowerPoint presentations, Word documents or Excel spreadsheets are probably the most obvious file types people might share with other group members," noted Facebook.

"But, people often use our features and products in innovative ways that we don't necessarily predict when we first launch them, so however people choose to use this new file uploading to share with their groups is up to them. We'll wait and see as it rolls out."

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