Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Facebook testing new feature to host city-specific local news

Mark Zuckerberg Facebook
Derrick Tucker | 12 January, 2018, 03:14

Social media platform, Facebook, on Wednesday announced its new feature aimed at disseminating local news to its users.

One of the project's most important mandates is combating fake news, and the promotion of legitimate local news sources appears to be part of this battle (Facebook is vetting local news publishers who will end up in the section).

Facebook has launched a new feature called "Today in". Users in test markets will be able to access the feature through the bottom-right menu button (the three horizontal lines) in the core Facebook app.

"I'm changing the goal I give our product teams from focusing on helping you find relevant content to helping you have more meaningful social interactions", CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page.

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The project is a part of the company's Journalism Project initiative, which was launched at the time of presidential elections in 2016, because it was facing inspection for fake news stories being published on the platform before the 2016 election. The social media giant, last year, also tested products to connect its users to local news. Publishers anxious they would have to pay to have their posts end up in the News Feed, where most users would spend their time, and thus where there is more potential for ad-revenue-generating traffic.

It will include community updates, group discussions and local events, along with a local news component.

The social networking firm wants to expand this app to more cities and then other countries gradually.

There's no word yet on when the feature will roll out to all US cities.

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