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Facebook is expanding the Today In feature for local news and information to more markets, and the social network also began testing local alerts from government and first-responder pages.
Today In lives in a separate section on Facebook’s flagship mobile applications for iOS and Android, which can be found under the More menu. Users can also change the city for which they will receive Today In information, as well as opt in to receive regular updates.
Product manager for local news and community information Anthea Watson Strong revealed in a Newsroom post that Today In is now available in more than 400 cities in the U.S., and the feature is being tested in Australia, marking its first foray outside of the U.S.
Strong added that locations with a “low supply of local news and community information”—which she referred to as “news deserts”—will receive relevant content from surrounding areas.
She also cited research that found that 50 percent of people wanted to see more local news and community information on Facebook—breaking news, city council meetings, crime reports, weather updates, as well as information to help them plan, such as bus schedules, road closures and restaurant openings.
Facebook is also running a test with over 100 pages of local government bodies and first responders, enabling them to share time-sensitive updates on events
Read more here: https://www.adweek.com/digital/facebooks-today-in-local-news-and-information-feature-is-now-available-in-400-u-s-cities/