Facebook begins testing local news app

Facebook begins testing local news app

It's part of Facebook's Journalism Project Initiative, which includes creating local news partnerships as one of its objectives.

For its new local hub, Facebook is starting with a small batch of test markets.

Facebook is testing a new feature on its platform, where it will host city-specific local news, events and announcements.

The test is now live for a new section called "Today In" in six United States cities, CNET reported on Thursday. This issue has been a hot topic ever since the 2016 U.S. presidential elections and Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been on a personal mission to end "fake news" sharing over his platform since.

To make sure that the stories are relevant and authentic, Facebook will only source links from local publishers that have been manually vetted by the News Partnership team first.

The project is part of Facebook's Journalism Project initiative, which it launched a year ago following the 2016 presidential election. The feature will be available for users through the bottom-right menu button on Facebook.

It still remains to be seen that whether this section will benefit local publishers or not.

The social media company, Facebook is testing a new section, "Today In". It is also possible that being part of a separate, local section of the app will help drive more traffic back to publishers' stories and websites. 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.

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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