Facebook is launching a new service called Campus designed exclusively for college students. Campus is aimed at students who can interact with peers of the same college through the Facebook app. The main features of Facebook Campus are Campus-only news feed that will give information and updates to students only within the college. Since profiles on Campus are email-verified, students can also join groups, events specific to their college community.
Campus is also interactive as students can become part of group chat rooms, called Campus Chats, relevant to campus life. Students will also have access to a Campus directory that will help them find friends and other students.
Campus is especially significant when students across the globe have adopted remote learning because of COVID 19. The service aims at helping students with new interactions by going back to how Facebook was first started for a college community.
“This year, students across the country are facing new challenges as some campuses shift to partial or full-time remote learning, so it’s more important than ever to find a way to stay connected to college life,” Charmane Hung, Product Manager of Facebook Campus wrote in a blog post. “In the early days, Facebook was a college-only network, and now we’re returning to our roots with Facebook Campus to help students make and maintain these relationships, even if they’re away from their college.”
To access Campus, students will have to provide their .edu email address along with their graduation year and once they are in, they will have to create a separate profile for Campus section. Other information such as their major, classes, hometown and minor is optional. So students will have two different profiles as they might not want to share college information on their public profile, as per Facebook.
The service has however not been introduced in India as of yet. Facebook Campus is rolling out in colleges in 30 universities of the US, some of which are Benedict College, Brown University, California Institute of Technology, College of William & Mary, Duke University, Florida International University among others.
Students can interact with peers of only their college. If a person violates Facebook’s community standards outside of Campus, they will not be able to join the section. Students can also block people on Campus like they can on Facebook. Alumni will be allowed to stay on Campus. However, they will get a notification that will tell them that the section is not relevant to them.