Facebook News Starts Rolling Out In The US

Posted: Oct 25 2019, 7:19am CDT | by , in Technology News


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Facebook News starts rolling out in the US

The News tab will initially be available in 10 cities in the U.S.

Facebook is maximizing the power of its platform with the launch of a dedicated tab for news. It comes despite Facebook receiving intense regulatory scrutiny over the spread of fake news on its platform, particularly surrounding politics.

The social media giant has announced that it is now slowly rolling out Facebook News to a select users in the United States.

In a blog post announcing the move, Facebook's Vice President for Global News Partnerships Campbell Brown and Product Manager for Facebook News Mona Sarantakos said Facebook's new News tab will give people "more control over the stories they see, and the ability to explore a wider range of their news interests."

Through the tab, users will get to view timely national stories that are relevant to them.

Back in August, Facebook confirmed to The New York Times that it was aiming “to provide a personalized, highly relevant experience for people” through the News tab.

At the time, the newspaper said Facebook was looking to hire seasoned journalists to help curate the News tab, particularly editors who will help pick out breaking news and top stories.

Facebook confirmed that in its latest announcement. The tech company said the News tab will have the following sections: Today’s Stories, Personalization, Topic sections, Your Subscriptions and Controls.

Today’s Stories will basically consist of news that are handpicked by a team of journalists throughout the day. Personalization will be based on the news that users regularly read share and follow. The Topics section categorizes the news according to topics such as business, entertainment, health, science & tech, and sports.

Your Subscriptions will be targeted for people who have paid memberships to news websites, while the Controls section will allow users to hide articles, topics and publishers that they don’t want to see.

Additionally, Facebook News will also divide contents according to categories: general, topical, diverse and local news.

Prior to the rollout, the company said it surveyed over 100,000 people on Facebook in the U.S. to find out which topics they are interested in the most.

Facebook News will slowly be available across the U.S. starting in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Philadelphia, Houston, Washington DC, Miami, Atlanta and Boston.

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