Facebook testing local news section on its platform

Facebook's new feature'Today In to provide feeds on local events announcements news

Now, there seems to be an unlikely saviour - Facebook wants to step in and save local news, as it begins testing "Today In", a feature that pushes local news and information to Facebook users.

CNET reported today that the test is now live for a new section called "Today In" across six United States cities.

The social networking behemoth is reportedly using artificial intelligence to cull content for the new section.

"Today In", which provides local news, group discussions, local events and community updates to users, is an initiative born out of the Facebook Journalism Project.

On the flipside, the report notes that while users may appreciate the local aspect of "Today In", Facebook could have trouble attracting advertisers to feeds that are smaller and less diverse in nature.

More news: Oppenheimer Research Analysts Decrease Earnings Estimates for Domino's Pizza, Inc. (DPZ)

Facebook Inc shares rose $0.62 (+0.33%) in premarket trading Thursday.

The company says this is all part of Facebook's Journalism Project initiative, which Facebook launched shortly after last year's USA presidential election in which so-called fake news spread on the service, leading many to point to Facebook as part of the reason for Donald Trump's surprising victory.

Commentators point out that the social network's reported foray into local news publishing segment comes at a time when it is looking to fix the problem of misinformation and fake news on its platform.

The social media giant, Facebook keeps on launching new features for compete the tough market of social media apps. Whether local content becomes as potentially contentious as national news remains to be seen as the US enters mid-term election season this year.

For those who have access to the feature, it is accessible via the menu button in the bottom-right of the main Facebook app. These will include posts coming both from people as well as pages.

Related News:

  • Vivo is the first Smartphone Manufacturer to use Under-Display Fingerprint Scanner

    Vivo is the first Smartphone Manufacturer to use Under-Display Fingerprint Scanner

    One such product is the next-gen. biometric scanning technology developed by Synaptics and implemented on a Vivo smartphone. And it is getting some help from Vivo , who will be the first OEM to use this in-display fingerprint scanning technology .
    Recall of Ice Cream Bars for Possible Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination Expands

    Recall of Ice Cream Bars for Possible Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination Expands

    In addition customers may call Giant Food Customer Service at 1-888-469-4426 for more information or visit the Giant website . The products in question were believed to have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
    Jay Bruce will reportedly sign with Mets

    Jay Bruce will reportedly sign with Mets

    Cespedes opted out and re-signed and the Mets had shopped Bruce and his $13 million contract ever since. The Mets dealt Bruce to the Indians on August 9th in exchange for minor league pitcher Ryder Ryan.
  • Meltdown & Spectre Patches Causing Boot Issues for Ubuntu 16.04 Computers

    Meltdown & Spectre Patches Causing Boot Issues for Ubuntu 16.04 Computers

    All users who reported issues said they were unable to boot after upgrading to Ubuntu 16.04 with kernel image 4.4.0-108. The highlights of this update are security fixes for Meltdown and Spectre attacks.
    Apple's iCloud move to China raises concerns

    Apple's iCloud move to China raises concerns

    Apple announced the constructing of the new data base in Guizhou last July , with an investment of 1 billion USA dollars. Users of Apple's iCloud services in China are being forced to share their data with a state-run Chinese company.
    Joe Arpaio points to political traits he shares with Trump

    Joe Arpaio points to political traits he shares with Trump

    In a Wednesday night interview with Chris Cuomo on CNN, Arpaio said there was "no doubt" Obama's birth certificate is fake. He was a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump during the campaign, and was pardoned by the President in August .
  • Women Accuse James Franco of Sexually Inappropriate Behavior

    Women Accuse James Franco of Sexually Inappropriate Behavior

    James Franco speaks onstage during IFP's 27th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards on November 27, 2017 in New York City. Actress Ally Sheedy also said in a since-deleted tweet that Franco was an example of why she left the movie business.
    Manchester United to subsidise fans travelling to Sevilla

    Manchester United to subsidise fans travelling to Sevilla

    And they also claim United are in breach of rules because they charge different prices for home and away supporters. With this subsidy, the club will guarantee that no club members pay more than the €60 initially specified.
    Ricky Martin Is Officially Married to Jwan Yosef!

    Ricky Martin Is Officially Married to Jwan Yosef!

    I just had it in a little velvet pouch and instead of saying, 'Will you marry me?' I said, 'I got you something!' Bad. The couple first started dating back in 2016, with Ricky popping the question previous year .
  • Democratic women to dress in black for State of the Union

    Democratic women to dress in black for State of the Union

    Trump has been accused of sexual misconduct by numerous women since before taking office; he has denied the claims. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) tweeted her support Wednesday and Rep.
    Amir Khan returns to Boxing with Three-Fight Deal

    Amir Khan returns to Boxing with Three-Fight Deal

    He said that next few years are going to be final years of his boxing career as he's now 31 and has few fights left. I want to start fighting in the United Kingdom more now. "That's why I picked Eddie".
    Ford Edge ST revealed as proper performance variant

    Ford Edge ST revealed as proper performance variant

    Speaking of that, Ford ensured that no novice would go without looking like a superstar behind the wheel of the Edge ST. The automaker sold 142,600 Edges past year , a 6 percent gain at time when overall auto sales slipped 2 percent.


Most liked

Some Arsehole Went And Screwed This Koala To A Post
A SICKENING photo of a dead koala which was apparently nailed to a wooden post while alive has sparked outrage. The next step in the process is for the koala, a healthy male, to be inspected by vets.

Bill Would Make Credit Reporting Companies Pay 'Massive' Fines For Data Breaches
Senators Mark Warner and Elizabeth Warren's bill is in response to a data breach at Equifax that put the information of 145 million Americans at risk.

Floyd Mayweather Taunts Conor McGregor over Alleged Punch of Irish Cartel Member
There are some fresh talks about a followup fight but this time it could be an MMA fight which Conor McGregor is advocating for. FLOYD MAYWEATHER has mocked Conor McGregor over reports he was involved in a bar brawl with a member of the Irish cartel.

Bears Reportedly Hire Special Teams Coordinator, Other Coaches
The first hire came on their offensive line, as they announced the hiring of Harry Hiestand as their new offensive line coach. Harry was an excellent caretaker to that standard. "While disappointed to see Harry go, I'm not surprised by his decision".

Woman returns 'dead' Christmas tree to Costco in January for full refund
Seriously, how cheap can you be?" A California woman tried bringing it back for a refund - and succeeded, a fellow shopper said. Rather than toss her undecked Christmas tree in the trash, one not-so-jolly Californian headed to Costco for a refund.

Researchers claim WhatsApp group chats vulnerable, company denies
End-to-end encryption offered by WhatsApp should be applicable on the server level to prevent such issues. But management at WhatsApp's parent company, Facebook insisted that there was no security threat.

'FBI had source inside Trump campaign'
Last week they asked the Justice Department to investigate Mr Steele, alleging that he made false statements to the government. It also describes lascivious behavior that might embarrass Trump or could have been used as leverage to influence him.

Ethiopia bans foreigners adopting children
Some other countries have also set up more stringent rules for the global adoption process. Lawmakers said that it was introduced to shield Ethiopian children from abuse and neglect.

21-year-old fitness enthusiast dies days after getting flu
However, her fever got worse to the point that she had already coughed uncontrollably and at one point had coughed up blood. Most people who get the flu virus recover in less than 14 days, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Real Madrid's Move for GK Kepa Arrizabalaga on Hold Over Toe Injury
I guess you can't win them all! "With hard work, good things will come". "That's when we need a little bit from everyone". Zidane said he has no interest in signing a striker in the January transfer window despite an injury to Karim Benzema.

Who Is Blaze Bernstein? Missing Pennsylvania University Student Found Dead In California
Eventually, the location device on Bernstein's phone stopped functioning and the phone was turned off at 11:30 p.m., Donna said. Deputies had been scouring Borrego Park and nearby Whiting Ranch Park for days looking for Bernstein, who vanished Jan 2.

Serge Ibaka, James Johnson suspended one game for exchanging punches
A Raptors spokesman said Johnson had been chirping and glaring at the Raptors bench throughout the game. However, they are still 7-3 in their last 10. "They've got a lot of young guys who are playing well".

Marvel Studios taps writer to pen long-awaited Black Widow film
Do you actually believe this is happening? Black Widow is reportedly in development, but does not have a release date. Hopefully, Black Widow will be heavy on the espionage and hard action and easy on the pure superheroics.

Chris Hemsworth and Margot Robbie's quiz show battle
Margot Robbie and Chris Hemsworth went head to head to find out who the best Aussie is in a game of " Ellen's Australian Boxers". Suddenly, Robbie spots Ellen next to them, and just a little farther away.Obama.

Gal Gadot Has Been Named As The New Face Of Revlon
With Gal at the helm, we've certainly no doubts that it'll be as lovely as she promises - read the beauty rules she lives by next. These days, Gadot keeps her makeup routine relatively simple. "I'm about enhancing the right things", Gadot said.