Facebook is working on a new section for local news

Alicia Guzman
January 12, 2018

There are no plans yet for an worldwide test, despite the new product launching as Facebook, along with other technology platforms such as Google, faces increased scrutiny from regulatory bodies across the world.

In an attempt to further address its "fake news" problem and make the platform a better place for people to find local stories, Facebook is testing a new section in its app called "Today In".

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

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Content creation in this section is attributed to machine learning software used by Facebook. Users in test markets will be able to access the feature through the bottom-right menu button (the three horizontal lines) in the core Facebook app.

"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.

There's no word yet on when the feature will roll out to all US cities. This should help assuage some of the "fake news" concerns that have plagued Facebook over the past year or more. These will include posts coming both from people as well as pages.

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The company will expand the "Today In" feature in other cities too.

As reported by Recode, the feature combines events, announcements, and local news items specific to a particular city. Local news sources are vetted and approved by a human first before they're added, the company noted.

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