A few weeks back, Facebook brought a new beta feature that allows select publishers to label stories as ‘breaking news’ to Canada and today, the social networking giant has announced the expansion of local news feature to news feeds in Canada, and beyond.
Starting today, people around the world will see more news on Facebook from local sources.
“Local news helps people connect to their communities about the issues that are closest to home. Earlier this year, we announced a change in the US to prioritize local news so people can see topics that have a direct impact on their community and discover what’s happening in their local area.
Today, we’re expanding that update to people in all countries, in all languages.”
Users across the globe will see news from local sources covering their current city and other cities they may care about in their Facebook news feeds. The update will also help local publishers who cover multiple, nearby cities, reach audiences in those cities.
Facebook says it will consider a publisher as local to multiple cities if the people in those cities are more likely than the people outside of those cities to read articles from the publisher’s domain. “By expanding the scope of what may be considered local to people, we’re including other cities that people may care about and connecting people to local publishers from those cities”, says Facebook.
The update is now rolling out to all Facebook users around the world.