Facebook is going to bring more local news stories in news feed. The company plans to prioritize posts from local news sources in the news feeds of people who live in the communities served by those outlets. Facebook to Promote Local News in News Feed.
The change will facilitate that people who follow local news publication. People will be able to see more stories from that publication and that people who don’t follow a local news outlet will see more from local publications, too.
Facebook to Promote Local News in News Feed
Facebook has been criticized in recent months over the spread of disinformation and hoaxes on its platform. This change by the company is making significant combat to criticism.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post:
“Starting today, we’re going to show more stories from news sources in your local town or city. If you follow a local publisher or if someone shares a local story, it may show up higher in News Feed. We’re starting this first in the US, and our goal is to expand to more countries this year. Facebook is defining a publisher as local, it says, if its links “are clicked on by readers in a tight geographic area.”
It has been also reported that the company in more detail about its plans to for trustworthy and local news.