Facebook Testing Local News & Events Section in its App

Facebook Testing Local News & Events Section in its App

Local news reporting in the United Kingdom is a somewhat struggling breed of journalism.

Social media platform, Facebook, on Wednesday announced its new feature aimed at disseminating local news to its users. As reported by a company spokesperson, the Company's News Partnerships team which is directed by former NBC News Anchor Campbell Brown is entrusted with the responsibility of approving and vetting the local news publishers featuring on Facebook.

The test is running in just six cities for now: New Orleans, La.; Little Rock, Ark.; Billings, Mont.; Peoria, Ill.; Olympia, Wash.; and Binghamton, N.Y. Facebook users who self-identify as living in those areas will be able to visit the new section to see local information, like stories from local publishers or emergency updates from local authorities. Facebook aims to make it easier for people to find local news of their community in a separate section. Donald Trump's surprising victory in United States presidential election was the major cause where tech giants faced a strong backlash from the public on spreading fake news. The social media giant, last year, also tested products to connect its users to local news. This section is being tested in five cities of America however the company plans to launch it globally once its gets approved in its test phase. Eventually, "Today In" will appear in the menu where Facebook has other sections of its mobile app. Publishers will have to depend on their own ad sales to monetize their stories and websites from the traffic that Facebook generates.

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"People have told us that they dislike spammy posts on Facebook that goad them into interacting with likes, shares, comments, and other actions".

It's still unknown if Today In will benefit local news publishers, but it's definitely a step towards reviving local journalism.

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