Facebook launches local news feature 'Today in'

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Facebook is testing a new feature where it will have city-specific local news, events and announcements available on its platform.

The feature is being tested initially across six USA cities: New Orleans, Louisiana; Little Rock, Arkansas; Billings, Montana; Peoria, Illinois; Olympia, Washington and Binghamton, New York.

Facebook announced Wednesday that it's releasing a new tool aimed at making it easier to find legitimate local news stories.

The local news publishers that appear in the new section will all be approved and vetted by the company's News Partnerships team, writes Recode.

The users will then also be able to follow the cities that they do not now live in, like childhood hometown.




The project is part of Facebook's Journalism Project initiative, which it launched a year ago following the 2016 presidential election. This should help assuage some of the "fake news" concerns that have plagued Facebook over the past year or more.

The company will expand the "Today In" feature in other cities too. 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.

One will be able to see news in the "Today In" tab by clicking on the ☰ button on the bottom right corner of the app.

The social network said Thursday that it's overhauling the news feed prioritize posts from family and friends, as opposed to ones from brands and publishers. These will include posts coming both from people as well as pages.

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