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Facebook is Venturing into Hyperlocal News

Facebook found a way to help people read and see the news. Or so they hope.

The social media giant unveiled a new section titled “Today In,” a feed made just for all things local. If it’s happening near you, Facebook wants it on their site.

The feature is available in only six cities at the moment: New Orleans, LA; Little Rock, AR; Billings, MT; Peoria, IL.; Olympia, WA; and Binghamton, NY. Facebook users in those areas can see the section for any announcements or local information, from sources like nearby authorities or businesses.

The website will use a mix of humans and software to enter content into the section. To show up in the section, you must be approved by Facebook’s News Partnerships team, which is run by former NBC news anchor Campbell Brown, according to a company spokesperson.

This is part of Facebook’s Journalism Project initiative, which the company launched after last year’s presidential election. They are fed up with the fake news spread on Facebook, which many blame for a role in Trump’s victory.

The company released other news-related features like the breaking news label for publishers.

Facebook is working hard to rid itself of fake news, and they seem to believe they can solve the problem through local news. It is also important for people to return to the site for information as they look to regain credibility through this new initiative.

Facebook wants to roll out the service in more cities. A company spokesperson also mentioned being able to follow local cities from a distance.

The company will wait and see if their efforts will pay off.

[via Recode]

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