• Mackenzie Dekle

Facebook's releases new local news feature

According to NBC News, on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, Facebook expanded its feature that spreads local news and community information. This feature is based on your geographic location and is called "Today's In."

Facebook tested "Today's In" earlier this year in January in four cities. This feature will now be available in four hundred cities in the U.S. and Australia.

According to Micheal Cappetta from NBC News, "The dedicated section collects and aggregates relevant stories for local communities in a packaged form in the user’s News Feed." Facebook's goal is for this feature to help people in their community catch up on news, upcoming events, and discussions.

Facebook's chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, said in a blog post, "People consistently tell us they want to see more local news on Facebook. Local news helps us understand the issues that matter in our communities and affect our lives.” Although Zuckerburg emphasizes the company's interest in the upcoming feature, Facebook’s product manager Anthea Watson Strong says they're not in a rush to create the features platform.

According to Strong, "We didn’t want to rush into expanding until we were driving value for these communities and their pages.” Strong grew up in Tallahassee and says she follows her community through the "Today's In" feature and is surprised by how the variety of local news she is exposed to.

According to The Hill, "The latest expansion will mostly reach small and midsize cities, as well as 'news deserts,' places that lack a robust local media presence."