As Facebook continues its efforts to squeeze in more information in the user timeline, the platform is reportedly testing a new feature that would show users local news and events judging by their location.
The feature is being tested initially across six USA cities: New Orleans, Louisiana; Little Rock, Arkansas; Billings, Montana; Peoria, Illinois; Olympia, Washington and Binghamton, New York.
Facebook has launched a new feature called "Today in".
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.
The users in the batches in which the test is going on can access the icon on the bottom of the menu in their mobile app.
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The social media giant, Facebook keeps on launching new features for compete the tough market of social media apps.
On the flipside, the report notes that while users may appreciate the local aspect of "Today In", Facebook could have trouble attracting advertisers to feeds that are smaller and less diverse in nature.
News specific to these communities will be directed to users by both human curators and algorithms.
The users will then also be able to follow the cities that they do not now live in, like childhood hometown.
The content will be pulled from posts already shared by vetted publishers, groups and other pages.