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Zuckerberg: Will Prioritize Local News on Facebook Feed

Zuckerberg: Will Prioritize Local News on Facebook Feed
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (Jeff Roberson/AP)

By    |   Monday, 29 January 2018 04:34 PM

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Monday the social media platform will start showing more local news stories in users' feeds, suggesting it would be "good for your well-being and society."

"Local news helps build community — both on and offline," Zuckerberg wrote in a post. "It's an important part of making sure the time we all spend on Facebook is valuable."

The plan calls for local news shared by users or even news outlets themselves will show up higher in a Facebook user's feed — and comes as the social media giant tries to address concerns it enabled the spread of misinformation during the 2016 election.

Earlier this month, Facebook said it would start prioritizing user content over posts from news outlets and other brands, and ranking news publishers based on how much users trust them, prioritizing posts from outlets with high trust.

"When I traveled around the country last year, one theme people kept telling me is how much we all have in common if we can get past some of the most divisive national issues," he wrote. "Many people told me they thought that if we could turn down the temperature on the more divisive issues and instead focus on concrete local issues, then we'd all make more progress together."

Facebook also announced Monday a new set of privacy principles to let users know how their data is handled and how to shield their own information.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said users will notice more local news stories showing up in their news feeds, as it "helps build community," according to a post.
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Monday, 29 January 2018 04:34 PM
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