Social media platform, Facebook, on Wednesday announced its new feature aimed at disseminating local news to its users. Those initial cities are New Orleans, Louisiana; Olympia, Washington; Billings, Montana; Binghamton, New York; Peoria, Illinois and Little Rock, Arkansas.
The section will be powered by a mix of machine learning software and human workers used to surface the local content. Facebook news partnership team will approve local news publishers after testing their authenticity.
There are no plans yet for an worldwide test, despite the new product launching as Facebook, along with other technology platforms such as Google, faces increased scrutiny from regulatory bodies across the world.
This is all supposedly part of Facebook's Journalism Project initiative that was launched by the social media following last year's U.S. Presidential election.
This features is launched after the company has faced fake news issue.
There's no word yet on when the feature will roll out to all USA cities.
The social networking firm wants to expand this app to more cities and then other countries gradually. Publishers anxious they would have to pay to have their posts end up in the News Feed, where most users would spend their time, and thus where there is more potential for ad-revenue-generating traffic.
The social network said Thursday that it's overhauling the news feed prioritize posts from family and friends, as opposed to ones from brands and publishers.
The content will be pulled from posts already shared by vetted publishers, groups and other pages.