Facebook is testing a new feature where it will have city-specific local news, events and announcements available on its platform. The test is currently live for a new section called “Today In” in six US cities, CNET reported on Thursday. Also Read - WhatsApp violates Indian users' rights by denying dispute resolution claims Centre
Users in test markets will be able to access the feature through the bottom-right menu button on Facebook. A machine learning (ML) software will power the “Today In” section, helping a team find local content. Also Read - Facebook to pay French news publishers for using its content
Local news publishers will be approved by Facebook’s News Partnerships team. The move comes as part of Facebook’s Journalism Project announced in January last year to curb the spread of fake news on its platform and build out local news partnerships. Last year, the social media giant also tested products to connect its users to local news. Also Read - Facebook’s new name could be Meta or Horizon, or will it be called FB?