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Facebook overhauls news feed to focus on friends and family

The feature is being tested initially across six U.S. cities: New Orleans, Louisiana; Little Rock, Arkansas; Billings, Montana; Peoria, Illinois; Olympia, Washington and Binghamton, New York.

The feature, which can be accessed using the bottom right menu button in the Facebook app (the three horizontal lines), brings together human curation and machine learning to surface content.

The social media giant, Facebook keeps on launching new features for compete the tough market of social media apps.

There's no word yet on when the feature will roll out to all USA cities.

The new tool, called "Today In", will show a feed of local events, announcements and news to the users.

To make sure that the stories are relevant and authentic, Facebook will only source links from local publishers that have been manually vetted by the News Partnership team first.

On the flipside, the report notes that while users may appreciate the local aspect of "Today In", Facebook could have trouble attracting advertisers to feeds that are smaller and less diverse in nature. News that is specific to the related communities and cities will be given in the user's feed.

Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) is delving much deeper into the local news and events world with a new section in its mobile app.

The project is part of Facebook's Journalism Project initiative, which it launched a year ago following the 2016 presidential election. These will include posts coming both from people as well as pages.

Whether the "Today In" feature will help boost local media remains to be seen.

Facebook Inc (FB) Gets Deeper Into Local News, Events With New 'Today In' Section

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