Facebook is planning to experiment a new feature in its existing app where it will provide brief information about city-specific local news, events, and announcements available on its platform. In this visitors and users will be able to see local information and announcement to update themselves. The experiment is currently live for a new section named ‘Today In’ in six US cities, a spokesperson from the company also cited and talked about this new feature and revealed the growth and plans for upcoming years. The company is providing their services in cities like New Orleans, Little Rock, Billings, Peoria, Olympia, and Binghampton.
Users and visitors in the markets will be able to access the feature through the bottom-right menu button on Facebook. A machine learning software will power the “Today In” section, helping a team find local content. The spokesperson from the company stated that Local news publishers will be approved by Facebook’s News Partnerships team, the team and group will be headed by NBC news anchor Campbell Brown.
The spokesperson from the American social network company also mentioned that the moves are the extended part of Facebook’s Journalism Project announced in the month of January last year to curb the spread of fake news on its platform and build out local news partnerships. Previously, the social media giant also tested products to connect its users to local news but somehow they failed to formulate the team and to find the appropriate group leader, including the Facebook Local standalone app.