Facebook to promote local news in drive for 'trusted' content
Posted in: Internet Use/New Technologies at 31/01/2018 22:24
Facebook says it is changing the way its news delivery service works by focusing on local news sources in its drive for "high quality" content.
"Local news helps us understand the issues that matter in our communities," explained chief executive Mark Zuckerberg on his page on Monday.
The update will initially apply to the US before it is rolled out more widely.
It comes after Facebook announced that it was making posts from businesses, brands and media less prominent.
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“Starting today, we're going to show more stories from news sources in your local town or city,” Zuckerberg said in a blog post. “If you follow a local publisher or if someone shares a local story, it may show up higher in News Feed.” The new emphasizes on local news media will begin in the United States and expand to users in other countries later this year, he said.
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