Facebook is testing a new section to emphasize local news

Facebook is testing a new section to emphasize local news

For its new local hub, Facebook is starting with a small batch of test markets. "The move comes as part of Facebook's Journalism Project Initiative, a program the company announced in January 2017 that seeks to build out local news partnerships, among other goals", the reports says.

CNET reported today that the test is now live for a new section called "Today In" across six U.S. cities.

Facebook is testing a new product meant to help users find local news, events and various community updates.

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

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"Today In" is part of the Facebook Journalism Project, an effort launched a year ago that has been seen as an acknowledgment of the company's role in the media industry and a way to fix the platform's often contentious relationship with publishers. In his "New Year Challenge" CEO?Mark Zuckerberg said that this year he will focus on dealing with abuse and hate, fake news or interference by nation-states on the platform.

Facebook is cautiously hand-selecting local publishers to feature on this new section of the app that should help keep fake news at bay to a large extent and thus substantially prevent the dissemination of false information to the user base. The users will get to go through local news on their go.

For those who have access to the feature, it is accessible via the menu button in the bottom-right of the main Facebook app. Eventually, the company hopes to roll it out to more locations and allow users to follow a city they don't reside in.

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

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