Facebook’s Testing a New Local News and Events Section
Facebook wants to make it easier for people to find local news from vetted sources.
The social network is testing a new section of its app called “Today In,” a feed made up entirely of local news, events, and announcements.
Once you click through, you’ll see dedicated listings of local events, news, and Facebook groups, which is in line with Facebook’s wider push on Groups as a means to facilitate community engagement.
The test is running in just six cities for now: New Orleans, La.; Little Rock, Ark.; Billings, Mont.; Peoria, Ill.; Olympia, Wash.; and Binghamton, N.Y. Facebook users who self-identify as living in those areas will be able to visit the new section to see local information, like stories from local publishers or emergency updates from local authorities.
Facebook wants to roll this out to more cities. And users will eventually be able to follow local cities that they don’t currently live in (a childhood hometown, for example), according to a company spokesperson.
Recode also notes that:
“Facebook plans to alert people in the six test cities that the new feature exists, but after that, “Today In” will appear in the menu (☰) where Facebook has dozens of other lesser-used sections of the app that you might easily forget about.”