Facebook testing new 'Today In' feed to better showcase local news & events

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Facebook is looking to prioritize posts by family and friends over news outlets. I'm not going to use this article to complain about my own current issues with Facebook, although they are of great importance to me, I'd rather use this space to talk about what today's announce means from the Grand Master of Facebook himself, Mark Zuckererberg.

As Facebook continues its efforts to squeeze in more information in the user timeline, the platform is reportedly testing a new feature that would show users local news and events judging by their location. This should help assuage some of the "fake news" concerns that have plagued Facebook over the past year or more. The company hasn't decided whether to proceed with the shift, and it may choose not to do so.

The new change of course will cost Facebook money. In fact, live videos on average get six times as many interactions as regular videos.

With fewer posts from businesses, brands, and media, expect to see more of what your "friends" are sharing and liking. Instead, Facebook will highlight posts between friends - for example, a photo of your dog, or a status update that many of your friends have commented on or liked. In his "New Year Challenge" CEO?Mark Zuckerberg said that this year he will focus on dealing with abuse and hate, fake news or interference by nation-states on the platform.

It explained that the impact will vary from Page to Page, driven by factors including the type of content produced and how people interact with it. This move, he concedes, will likely lead to people spending less time on the site.

"I also expect the time you do spend on Facebook will be more valuable", he wrote. Not only do they allow lower quality advertising, they also allow shady characters to not only house their operations on Facebook but they allow them to buy ads, which are then placed in the newsfeed.

On Facebook, you can ask Facebook to show you all new reality blurred posts first.

But I'm writing this because I think the expectation for some people is that clicking like or follow means that you'll see posts from that page, and that just won't be the case any more-and actually, things have been changing for a while.

"The research shows that when we use social media to connect with people we care about, it can be good for our well-being", Zuckerberg said.

"As we roll this out, you'll see less public content like posts from businesses, brands, and media", he stated.

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