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Facebook is working on a new section for local news

11 January 2018

This issue has been a hot topic ever since the 2016 United States presidential elections and Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been on a personal mission to end "fake news" sharing over his platform since. The new section of this fascinating app is called "Today In", a feed that would wholly feature local news, events, and announcements. It's part of Facebook's Journalism Project Initiative, which includes creating local news partnerships as one of its objectives. The initial test markets are New Orleans, Louisiana; Olympia, Washington; Billings, Montana; Binghamton, New York; Peoria, Illinois and Little Rock, Arkansas.

The section will be powered by a mix of machine learning software and human workers used to surface the local content. Facebook news partnership team will approve local news publishers after testing their authenticity.

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Occasionally, "Today in" news will find itself popping up in your News Feed, but more commonly, "Today In" will be tucked away in the "More" section of the app, which is slightly disappointing.

The company says this is all part of Facebook's Journalism Project initiative, which Facebook launched shortly after last year's US presidential election in which so-called fake news spread on the service, leading many to point to Facebook as part of the reason for Donald Trump's surprising victory. The feature will be available for users through the bottom-right menu button on Facebook.

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It still remains to be seen that whether this section will benefit local publishers or not. Eventually, the company hopes to roll it out to more locations and allow users to follow a city they don't reside in.

While this is far from Facebook's first foray into trying to make the Facebook experience more locally focused, the tiny batch of city-specific rollouts and at least sort of hands-on curation efforts suggest that Facebook is trying to move cautiously.

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Facebook is working on a new section for local news