Facebook testing local news section on its platform

Lena Tucker
January 12, 2018

Social media giant Facebook has launched a new product called "Today in" that aims to push local news and information to those with a profile on the platform.

The test is now live for a new section called "Today In" in six United States cities, CNET reported on Thursday. The feature will be available for users through the bottom-right menu button on Facebook.

"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.

The move comes as part of Facebook's Journalism Project announced in January a year ago to curb the spread of fake news on its platform and build out local news partnerships.

The move comes as part of the social network's Journalism Project announced in January a year ago which aimed to counter the spread of fake news on its platform and build out local news partnerships.

Facebook plans to alert those living in the six cities about the new feature.

In this section, users see recent news from local outlets, as well as local groups, opportunities to "get closer to your community", and events. Possibilities indicate that being part of a distinct, local section of the app might help draw more traffic back to publishers' own news pieces and websites where being advertised on Facebook by featuring on the app will add to their revenues, but the section by itself won't help them make money. Eventually, the company hopes to roll it out to more locations and allow users to follow a city they don't reside in.

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