Have more control over what you see
Newsrooms across the world are struggling to stay afloat and in what could further spell trouble for them is the fact that Facebook has now introduced a dedicated “News Feed” feature on its platform which will highlight the most relevant national news stories of the day.
This Facebook News Feed is currently available for users in the United States and as per this, the users will have more control over the stories they want to see. Also, it will enable users to explore a wider range of topics without having to leave the Facebook app.
Facebook issued a statement:
“We want new forms of journalism in the digital age, including individual, independent journalism, to flourish. So we will continue to expand the algorithmic selection of stories driving the majority of Facebook News,” said the company.
“Subscriptions will be a section for people who have linked their paid news subscriptions to their Facebook account and they will have control to hide articles, topics and publishers they don’t want to see,” said Campbell Brown, VP, Global News Partnerships at Facebook.
It should be informed here that news articles will continue to appear in News Feed as they do currently. However, under this new dedicated “News” tab, stories will be curated and chosen by a team of journalists which will allow personalisation based on the news you read, share and follow.
The various sections include business, entertainment, health, science, and tech and sports.
“In the coming months, we’ll include local news from the Today In, our local news and community information tab, which recently expanded to over 6,000 US towns and cities,” said Facebook.
Facebook News will have a wide range of content from across four categories of publishers. These include general, topical, diverse and local news.
In the initial days and during the initial test, Facebook will showcase local original reporting by surfacing local publications from areas across the US.