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.
The social network is testing a new section inside its app called "Today In", a feed made up entirely of local news, events and announcements.
Facebook is now testing "Today In" in New Orleans; Little Rock, Ark.; Billings, Mont.; Peoria, Ill.; Olympia, Wash.; and Binghamton, N.Y., according to Recode.
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 users will then also be able to follow the cities that they do not now live in, like childhood hometown. In his "New Year Challenge" CEO?Mark Zuckerberg said that this year he will focus on dealing with abuse and hate, fake news or interference by nation-states on the platform.
The social networking firm wants to expand this app to more cities and then other countries gradually. Users in test markets will be able to access the feature through the bottom-right menu button (the three horizontal lines) in the core Facebook app.
In this section, users see recent news from local outlets, as well as local groups, opportunities to "get closer to your community", and events. These will include posts coming both from people as well as pages.
In an effort to up its signal to noise ratio, Facebook may go local.
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