Facebook launches local news feature 'Today in'

Facebook launches local news feature 'Today in'

"As we roll this out, you'll see less public content like posts from businesses, brands, and media", Zuckerberg said in a post at his Facebook page.

Zuckerberg rationalized that the changes will ultimately make for a better Facebook experience, naturally, but might actually cause people to spend less time on the social network. "And if we do the right thing, I believe that will be good for our community and our business over the long term too", he said in a post about the News Feed change today.

It might end up being "the most controversial stuff" that generates heated conversations, she suggested, or simply content pulled in from group pages where users engage with others on specific topics.

Pressure has been building on Facebook and its CEO as the toxic content flowing through Facebook - violent live videos, fabricated news articles and divisive messages from Russian operatives to influence the 2016 US presidential campaign - has been blamed for ripping holes in the social fabric.

Doing that will require Facebook to "predict which posts you might want to interact with your friends about, and show these posts higher in feed".

Facebook is testing a new product meant to help users find local news, events and various community updates.

He said that he and his team felt a responsibility to make sure Facebook was good for people's wellbeing.

Facebook and other researchers have particularly homed in on passive content.

The change may also work against Facebook's immediate business interests.

Some publishers say they were out of the loop on the changes that Facebook is making, despite the social network's efforts over the past year to build stronger ties with industry. This required Facebook to "refocus the system", he said.

Instead, Facebook has been encouraging producers to create Show pages via its new Watch video platform. Tucked away in its own hidden corner of the app, Today In isn't prominent enough to be designed as a News Feed replacement or anything so radical - but that's kind of a shame.

The company has been criticized for algorithms that may have prioritized misleading news and misinformation in people's feeds, influencing the 2016 American presidential election, as well as political discourse in many countries.

"This definitely gives you a sense of where you stand in the 'circle, '" says another publishing executive, who was part of the Journalism Project but was not apprised of the latest major changes.