Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Science | By Eileen Rhodes

Facebook begins testing local news app

Facebook begins testing local news app

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.

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

The social media giant, Facebook keeps on launching new features for compete the tough market of social media apps.

"I'm changing the goal I give our product teams from focusing on helping you find relevant content to helping you have more meaningful social interactions", CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page.

One will be able to see news in the "Today In" tab by clicking on the ☰ button on the bottom right corner of the app.

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This is all supposedly part of Facebook's Journalism Project initiative that was launched by the social media following last year's U.S. Presidential election.

The company will expand the "Today In" feature in other cities too. The company has attempted deploying different solutions to the problem of fake news, with varying levels of success.

Facebook plans to alert those living in the six cities about the new feature. The users will get to go through local news on their go. News that is specific to the related communities and cities will be given in the user's feed.

Going "Local" spells out the theme for Facebook over the last 18 months as it started providing more posts from local politicians and is also expanding Marketplace, its Craigslist-style platform that is used by people for sale of products to their neighbors.

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