Facebook has announced Facebook News, a hub designed to curate local journalism and highlight news users may find relevant. The social media company has begun a test of Facebook News that will run from now until sometime in 2020.
Facebook News will use a combination of algorithms and human curation to create a feed with both national and local news tailored to what the user normally reads. Users can also link their paid subscriptions, allowing them to access their subscriptions within the app. They are also able to hide content from publishers they do not want to see.
Publishers who want to be involved must meet standards set by Facebook for not spreading misinformation or hate speech and avoiding clickbait.
The test will focus on large cities, including New York, L.A., Chicago, Dallas Fort Worth, Philadelphia, Miami, Houston, Atlanta, Boston, and Washington, D.C.