Facebook's fight against fake news is going local

Facebook's fight against fake news is going local

Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) is delving much deeper into the local news and events world with a new section in its mobile app.

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.

Facebook is testing a new feature on its platform, where it will host city-specific local news, events and announcements. Billings, Mont.; Peoria, Ill.; Olympia, Wash.; and Binghamton, N.Y. will now have access to a new section, called "Today In [city name]".

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The experiment is apparently being led by Facebook's News Partnerships team, which is employing human curation and machine learning to fuel the content found in the "Today In" section.

The project is part of Facebook's Journalism Project initiative, which it launched past year following the 2016 presidential election.

The users will then also be able to follow the cities that they do not now live in, like childhood hometown. There was a charge being circulated against Facebook that during the election season, a so-called fake news doing rounds on the social network was partially responsible for Donald Trump's unexpected victory, and so the tech giant was partly to blame for it.

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The social networking firm wants to expand this app to more cities and then other countries gradually.

Facebook has launched a new feature called "Today in". The users will get to go through local news on their go. Eventually, the company hopes to roll it out to more locations and allow users to follow a city they don't reside in.

The content will be pulled from posts already shared by vetted publishers, groups and other pages.

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