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Facebook Continues Its War vs. Fake News

Today InWith the advent of social media, one of the problems that have cropped up is the proliferation of fake news.

Social networks and even some countries are actively engaged in a fight to keep false news from being published and spread.

France, for example, is looking at coming up with a law to address the problem of fake news.

(Read: France Weighs a Law to Rein in ‘Fake News,’ Raising Fears for Freedom of Speech)

Facebook, for its part, has been working stopping the publication of fake news on the platform.

New Section

On Wednesday, the world’s most extensive social network has announced that as part of its continuing fight against fake news, it’s testing a new section called “Today In” – a feed featuring vetted local news, events, and announcements.

The feature is being tested among users in six cities in the U.S., namely, New Orleans, Louisiana.; Little Rock, Arkansas.; Billings, Montana.; Peoria, Illinois.; Olympia, Washington; and Binghamton, New York.

Recode said Facebook users who identify themselves as living in those six cities “will be able to visit the new section to see local information, like stories from local publishers or emergency updates from local authorities.”

A spokesperson for Facebook said the social network is “machine-learning software to surface content” in the new section.

Local news publishers who appear there will all be approved and vetted by the company’s News Partnerships team, which is overseen by former NBC news anchor Campbell Brown,” the spokesperson said.

Part of Journalism Project

Facebook said the Today In section is part of the company’s Journalism Project initiative, which Facebook launched shortly after the 2016 U.S. presidential election during which fake news was spread on the platform.

Facebook previously launched a few news-related features as part of the effort to fight fake news, including a “Disputed” label identifying dubious articles – which the network stopped last month.

(Read: Facebook Found a Better Way to Fight Fake News)

What’s Next?

Facebook has brought the campaign against false news to the local level by coming up with a new section that features city-specific news, events, and announcements.

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