Facebook is working on a new section for local news

Facebook is working on a new section for local news

Facebook is working on a new section for local news

The move comes as part of the social network's Journalism Project announced in January past year which aimed to counter the spread of fake news on its platform and build out local news partnerships.

The company is testing a new area of its app called "Today In", a mix of city-specific events, announcements and local news. From what has been revealed, Facebook is now conducting the test in a handful of cities around the United States - New Orleans, Louisiana; Olympia, Washington; Billings, Montana; Binghamton, New York; Peoria, Illinois and Little Rock, Arkansas.

"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.

The project is part of Facebook's Journalism Project initiative, which it launched past year following the 2016 presidential election.

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

Facebook is cautiously hand-selecting local publishers to feature on this new section of the app that should help keep fake news at bay to a large extent and thus substantially prevent the dissemination of false information to the user base. 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.

For those who have access to the feature, it is accessible via the menu button in the bottom-right of the main Facebook app.

The social network said Thursday that it's overhauling the news feed prioritize posts from family and friends, as opposed to ones from brands and publishers.

The company is now testing the feature in 6 states of the US.

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