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Facebook will start prioritizing local news in user feeds

Facebook will start prioritizing local news in user feeds
From TechCrunch - January 29, 2018

Facebooks latest step in its on-going effort to fix its embattled news delivery offering involves prioritizing local sources. The social media giant announced today in a blog post that, along with efforts to elevate content from friends and outlets designated as high quality, the site will be working to push local news offerings to the top of users feeds.

The addition is an attempt to prioritize outlets focused on (and in service of) demographics in smaller pocketsan attempt to step away from national outlets that often regarded as more divisive and/or politicized.

The new feature will elevate news thats clicked on by users in a tight geographic locale, along with outlets based in that area. Content will also be prioritized as users follow or share stories from specific publications.

Mark Zuckerberg addressed the change through his own page, citing a recent fact-finding trip around the U.S. as a basis for this new feature.

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