The social media giant plans to apply the changes in the United States initially, but it eyes a global expansion later.
The company says that “local” publishers are those whose content is clicked on most frequently by users located in a specific geographic area. So, being local doesn’t rely on the location of the news organization.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg confirmed that more and more people would like to be exposed to local news since that info is relevant for their communities and their lives.
Facebook’s News Feed Facing a Major Makeover
The latest decision is the latest major change to the News Feed. Earlier this year, Facebook said that it plans to flood the News Feed with posts from family and friends, rather than news articles and sponsored content.
Facebook also said that it wants to post news stories based on how trustworthy a news outlet really is.
The latest move could benefit bigly regional publishers which have had a hard time in competing with major news outlet for a spot in their audience’s News Feed. It could also lead to fewer fake news articles from phony “local” news sources.
For example, one such false news source called the Denver Guardian released a story about a FBI investigator found dead “in apparent murder-suicide” while investigating Hillary Clinton’s missing e-mails. The fake story went viral and was shared by half a million people since most Facebook users thought that the Denver Guardian is a trusted local source.
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