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Facebook is testing a city-specific section of its app to elevate local news and events

Facebook is testing a city-specific section of its app to elevate local news and events
From TechCrunch - January 10, 2018

In an effort to up its signal to noise ratio, Facebook may go local. The company is testing a new area of its app called Today In, a mix of city-specific events, announcements and local news.

For its new local hub, Facebook is starting with a small batch of test markets. Those initial cities are New Orleans, Louisiana; Olympia, Washington; Billings, Montana; Binghamton, New York; Peoria, Illinois and Little Rock, Arkansas. Users in test markets will be able to access the feature through the bottom-right menu button (the three horizontal lines) in the core Facebook app.

Facebooks News Partnerships team is spearheading the experiment, employing both human curators and machine learning to populate the content in the new sections. (Lets hope they go heavy on the former.)

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