Facebook Experimenting With Promoting Local News In Its App

Facebook is presently experimenting with a feature that promotes local news outlets in its main mobile app, Recode reported Wednesday, citing official communication from the social media giant. The functionality is called “Today In” and appears in the form of a new section present in the app. The Menlo Park, California-based company is running its latest test in six cities throughout the United States and it’s currently unclear when its availability may expand to more areas. For now, users whose profiles list them as living in Binghamton, NY, Little Rock, AR, New Orleans, LA, Peoria, IL, Billings, MR, and Olympia, WA, can expect to encounter the feature in the coming days. Facebook didn’t clarify whether the test includes Android devices but the iOS app is part of it, as suggested by the first promotional screenshots depicting the platform seen below. Like many other functionalities recently debuted by Facebook, the “Today In” section largely relies on machine learning to identify content it deems suitable for featuring. Facebook Experimenting With Promoting Local News In Its App

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