Facebook is working on a new section for local news

Facebook Today In

Facebook is testing a new feature on its platform, where it will host city-specific local news, events and announcements. Facebook is giving a good look at the configuration and testing of this engaging new attribute.

Facebook announced Wednesday that it's releasing a new tool aimed at making it easier to find legitimate local news stories.

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. This should help assuage some of the "fake news" concerns that have plagued Facebook over the past year or more. The initiative is called the Facebook Journalism Project and the first observable product to come from it is now in soft-launch in a few areas in the USA.

A company spokesperson was adamant in an email to Quartz that the section will be an addition to local news shared in the News Feed, likely because of publisher fears that they will be booted out of the feed.

But, the question that cuts through is will this section benefit the local publishers, or not?

In an effort to up its signal to noise ratio, Facebook may go local. Eventually, the company hopes to roll it out to more locations and allow users to follow a city they don't reside in.

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.

The social networking firm wants to expand this app to more cities and then other countries gradually. These will include posts coming both from people as well as pages.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Mark Wahlberg held up Christopher Plummer's casting on 'Money'
Jan 12, 2018 - 03:12
And they could have my salary, they could have my holiday, whatever they wanted. Because I appreciated so much that they were making this massive effort".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Falkholt critical, life support turned off
Jan 12, 2018 - 03:12
An autopsy may fail to determine if any drugs were in Mr Whitall's system due to his severe injuries and subsequent fire. Jessica was born in Sydney and studied at the National Institute of Dramatic Art before landing her first acting roles.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Stranger Things' Millie Bobby Brown To Play Sherlock Holmes' Sister Enola Holmes
Jan 11, 2018 - 00:54
This book and the fifth book, The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline , earned Sprinder nominations for Edgar Awards in 2007 and 2010. Brown will produce under her PCMA Productions banner.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump opens curtain on negotiations over spending bill, immigration
Jan 11, 2018 - 00:44
King said Trump should force Democrats to give in to stricter border security demands, or reap the consequences of failing to follow through on his campaign promises.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top January thaw to give way to more snow
Jan 11, 2018 - 00:40
We're already watching next Tuesday ... another weather system and drop in temps could bring more snow chances to the Mid-South. Saturday against the Atlanta Falcons in Philadelphia, rain could be ending, but at least it will be warm, with a high of 54.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Did President Donald Trump Forgets The American National Anthem?
Jan 10, 2018 - 01:18
But when the National Anthem began to play, several social media users noticed Trump was struggling to get through the words. On Monday, he tweeted: "We want our flag respected - and we want our NATIONAL ANTHEM respected also!".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top La. Teacher Handcuffed At School Board Meeting After Talking About Pay
Jan 10, 2018 - 01:18
It is unclear if the marshal was acting on his own accord or on the orders of board members or the superintendent. Hargrave continues to ask her question when a city marshal approaches her and tells her she needs to leave.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Cam Newton crumples trying to leave field in scary scene
Jan 09, 2018 - 00:43
The Seattle Seahawks also were cited for mishandling a hit to their quarterback, Russell Wilson, earlier in the season. This isn't the first time the Panthers have been investigated for how it has handled the protocol.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Missing reporter followed by suspicious man has been found
Jan 09, 2018 - 00:42
Officers said Monday that they found Courtney Roland's white Jeep parked in a lot overnight near The Galleria, a mall in Houston . Roland was last seen about 5:40 p.m. on Sunday (Jan 7) walking alone in a store in the mall. "I am buying an iPad".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Samsung The Wall unveiled as the future of TV
Jan 09, 2018 - 00:40
This year will further see the launch of Universal Guide that can readily recommend TV programs as per user preference. Samsung has been working hard to take on OLED and came up with the new microLED tech to do just that.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Activists join actresses on the Golden Globes red carpet
Jan 08, 2018 - 03:30
Sarandon's guest was organizer Rosa Clemente , founder of PR ( Puerto Rico ) On The Map. Learn more about Girls for Gender Equity and how to help the cause here.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Federal pot policy change sparks confusion, crackdown fears
Jan 08, 2018 - 03:08
The president had seemingly supported marijuana on the campaign trail, saying he thought it should be left up to the states. However, it is not clear whether the so-called Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment will pass in the current spending bill.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Brazil Ace Philippe Coutinho Completes £142m Transfer to Barcelona
Jan 07, 2018 - 01:04
The 25-year-old former Inter Milan man has revitalized his career in England after failing to impress at his former club. Barcelona and Liverpool have agreed a monster £142m deal for the transfer of Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Comedian Jerry Van Dyke dies at 86
Jan 07, 2018 - 01:01
Van Dyke's wife, Shirley, told TMZ she was by his side when her husband passed away at their Arkansas ranch on Friday afternoon. Van Dyke's family confirmed his passing Friday to CBS Affiliate WCIA , in the actor's native IL .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Jammu and Kashmir: Four policemen killed in IED blast at Sopore
Jan 07, 2018 - 00:57
Last week, four Indian soldiers were killed in an attack by armed attackers who stormed a paramilitary camp outside Srinagar . On Saturday, however, the market was observing a shutdown against a 1993 massacre of civilians by the security forces.