Facebook is currently testing a new feature on its mobile app called, “Today In,” a feed made up of local news. The purpose of the new feature is to help people find local news from “vetted” sources. That’s right. Facebook wants to vet your local news sources for you.
According to Record, who spoke with the social media giant, “Facebook is using machine-learning software to surface content in this new section. Local news publishers who appear there will all be approved and vetted by the company’s News Partnerships team, which is overseen by former NBC news anchor Campbell Brown.”
Over the summer Facebook removed a link that I posted because someone flagged it. The link was to an official government document on the official Georgia Secretary of State website. If that’s the kind of vetting Facebook intends to do locally as well, I think I’ll pass.
You can read the rest of the Record article here.