Facebook News goes live in the United States

Facebook News goes live in the United States
In an attempt to put an end to misinformation and fake news, Facebook has decided to start testing a dedicated place for news in the United States. Suggestively named Facebook News, the new channel features curated news picked by Facebook, which are delivered to a subset of people in the US.

Facebook News will ultimately feature a wide range of content across four categories of publishers: general, topical, diverse and local news. After surveying 100,000 people on Facebook in the US about what topic they were most interested in, the social network learned that many topics were under-served, especially those around categories like entertainment, health, business, and sports.

Currently, Facebook News will showcase local original reporting by surfacing local publications from the largest major metro areas across the country, beginning with New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas-Forth Worth, Philadelphia, Houston, Washington DC, Miami, Atlanta, and Boston.

More content will be offered in the coming months, which will include local news from Today In, Facebook's local news and community information tab that was recently expanded to over 6,000 US towns and cities.

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8 Comments

1. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1345; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Zuck can no longer claim that Facebook is not a news service.

2. RoryBreaker

Posts: 246; Member since: Oct 11, 2015

EXACTLY!

3. TS020

Posts: 60; Member since: Feb 16, 2019

Facebook will surely provide unbiased and accurate news, what could go wrong? Still, it's not like they could do worse than 95% of other "news" outlets.

4. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 928; Member since: May 07, 2014

So, facebook can now have more control over people's minds. God knows what kind of algorithms will they use to brainwash people with targeted curated news.

5. bigstrudel

Posts: 621; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Scary.

6. AlienKiss

Posts: 245; Member since: May 21, 2019

I wonder is who will trust them.. There are so many fake news and all sorts of propaganda for effing fascists..

7. LiveFaith

Posts: 493; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

They just banned Candice Owens for her political views. Now they bring a news service. What could possibly go wrong?

8. Blazers

Posts: 764; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

It's called controlling the narrative. Only the weak-minded will fall for this "fakebook" news. Unfortunately the majority of their users are weak-minded.

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