Facebook is one of the most popular social media networks in the world and its users read a lot of news via specific pages, groups, and posts on the platform. Now the company wants to make it easier for people to find local news from approved publishers and local authorities.
Facebook is testing this new feature in six cities for now including New Orleans (LA), Little Rock(Ark), Billings (Mont), Peoria, Olympia (Washington) and Binghamton, (Ney York). Facebook users who set their location as one the above-mentioned areas will be able to visit this new section of the Facebook app.
This new section of the app is called “Today In”, it will include the feed from local publishers and emergency updates from local authorities. Only approved local publishers vetted by Facebook’s News partnership team are allowed to show their feed. According to company’s spokesperson, this News partnership is overseen by Campbell Brown, a Former NBC news anchor.
This would be really helpful for local publishers as they will be able to drive more traffic to their websites and generate more engagements. But this would only happen if people will actually visit this new “Today, In” section which will appear in the Menu, which is already clustered with many other sections.
We hope this new section will be launched globally soon and we in India will also be able to use it as it will also help in tacking the Fake News, which has been a bigger concern for the Company. Stay tuned to Sid Tech for latest tech news, daily deals, and reviews.