Facebook Tests New Localized News Feature amidst Timeline Revamp Announcement

January 15, 2018, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Facebook will bring a big overhaul to your timeline this year. And it will be starting off with the new feature that will bring in more localized contents in your timeline.

The company is now testing a new feature in the social media platform with which it will pop-up city-specific contents including local news, events and other announcements. Called ‘Today In’ the feature will appear as a new section and is being tested across six cities in the US. They are New Orleans, Little Rock, Billings, Peoria, Olympia, and Binghamton.

The feature can be accessed inside the app from the bottom-right menu button on Facebook. The contents included will be selected by a machine learning software. Facebook’s News Partnerships team will also be approving local news publishers, and it follows the announcement of Journalism Project that was made last year to bring down spread of fake news.

The testing is being carried amidst revelation from Facebook that it will be massively overhauling the timeline. Taking a deviation from the video-centric approach, Facebook has revealed that the new timeline will focus on adding contents that are likely to generate more discussions than passive ones that are just left as it is after being viewed.

This will also bring down contents related to businesses, brands and media from the timeline that have been overloading the timeline according to user feedback. Instead, contents will now be more connected with friends and families to create meaningful social interactions. This follows Facebook’s move to reduce reach of pages in favor of friends and family.

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