Facebook is testing a new section to emphasize local news
12 January, 2018, 03:13 | Author: Delbert Rhodes
The social network is testing a new section inside its app called "Today In", a feed made up entirely of local news, events and announcements. From what has been revealed, Facebook is now conducting the test in a handful of cities around the United States - New Orleans, Louisiana; Olympia, Washington; Billings, Montana; Binghamton, New York; Peoria, Illinois and Little Rock, Arkansas.
Users in the initial test batch of cities can access the feature in the bottom menu of the mobile Facebook app.
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This features is launched after the company has faced fake news issue.
The social network also announced last month that it has started demoting engagement bait posts from the users' news feed. 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.
The social networking firm wants to expand this app to more cities and then other countries gradually.
Facebook plans to alert those living in the six cities about the new feature.
It will include community updates, group discussions and local events, along with a local news component.
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