Facebook overhauls news feed to focus on friends and family

Facebook testing local news section on its platform

The company is testing a new area of its app called "Today In", a mix of city-specific events, announcements and local news.

The test is now live for a new section called "Today In" in six United States cities, CNET reported on Thursday.

Facebook has launched a new feature called "Today in".

"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.

There are no plans yet for an global test, despite the new product launching as Facebook, along with other technology platforms such as Google, faces increased scrutiny from regulatory bodies across the world.




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.

One of the project's most important mandates is combating fake news, and the promotion of legitimate local news sources appears to be part of this battle (Facebook is vetting local news publishers who will end up in the section). The users will get to go through local news on their go.

Users in the initial test batch of cities can access the feature in the bottom menu of the mobile 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 social media company, Facebook is testing a new section, "Today In".

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