Facebook is working on a new section for local news

Posted January 12, 2018

Facebook's news partnership team will check the relevance of the news that goes on the feed. Last year, the social media giant also tested products to connect its users to local news.

The product, called "Today In" is only available on the Facebook mobile app and is being tested in six United States cities: New Orleans, LA; Little Rock, AR; Billings, MT; Peoria, IL; Olympia, WA; Binghamton, NY.

The test is now live for a new section called "Today In" in six U.S. cities, CNET reported on Thursday.

"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.

The users in the batches in which the test is going on can access the icon on the bottom of the menu in their mobile app.

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This features is launched after the company has faced fake news issue.

The new tool, called "Today In", will show a feed of local events, announcements and news to the users.

On the flipside, the report notes that while users may appreciate the local aspect of "Today In", Facebook could have trouble attracting advertisers to feeds that are smaller and less diverse in nature. The benefit of advertising, gained through Facebook will further depend on the number of users who frequently use the new section.

The content will be pulled from posts already shared by vetted publishers, groups and other pages.

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