Facebook is refocusing its news algorithm to prioritise local news, so users can see articles more relevant to their immediate community.
Close to home
For local publishers, this means more Facebook coverage over multiple cities, connecting users most likely to care about specific content.
Facebook is expanding its definition of what they consider to be local to users by bringing news to communities not necessarily connected by location alone.
Why go local
Amidst a year of fake news backlash and data leakages, Facebook is pushing the prioritisation of local news in a bid to generate a more intimate and meaningful environment for the platform.
The process has involved vetting trusted news sources that have been deemed informative and relevant to local communities.
With Facebook in the headlines for all the wrong reasons, it may take a bit more than good PR to brand themselves as a friend next door, rather than a nosey neighbour.
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