Facebook to promote local news in latest update

James Marshall
January 30, 2018

Have you noticed changes on your Facebook News Feed? The updates, he has said, are created to offer more "meaningful" interactions on the social network, and to boost the quality of news that audiences read on Facebook.

If people follow a local publisher, that content is now more likely to appear prominently in their feeds, Zuckerberg said.

Zuckerberg says that following the update, you'll see more stories from news sources in your town or city.

Facebook said it is also "testing a dedicated section on Facebook that connects people to news and information in their community, called Today In".

"Many people told me they thought that if we could turn down the temperature on the more divisive [national] issues and instead focus on concrete local issues, then we'd all make more progress together", Zuckerberg said.

The change comes as Facebook grapples with the aftermath of the Russian disinformation campaign during and after the 2016 presidential election. Following a year of Congressional hearings, bad PR stories, and Zuckerberg's highly authentic fact-finding tour of rural America, Facebook is instituting a series of changes that are created to lessen the impact of fake news and encourage "meaningful interactions" between users, rather than your News Feed being a highly gamified way for media organizations to get clicks.

Last week, Facebook went further.

If Facebook really wants to stay out of the news business, why doesn't it just stay out of the news business? This move, too, raised criticism that Facebook would elevate partisan news outlets with loyal audiences, or that bad actors could manipulate the survey to undermine the integrity of the results.

Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer and founder of Facebook Inc., speaks during the F8 Developers Conference in San Jose, California, U.S., on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. "That said, small news outlets may benefit from this change more than other outlets, because they tend to have a concentrated readership in one location". Every year in January, Zuckerberg announces an annual personal challenge - like a New Year's resolution on steroids.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER