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Facebook will Highlight Local News

Facebook will Highlight Local News

Facebook will make local information more visible on the news feed of its users, first in the United States and then in other countries, a new version of its actions intended to limit misinformation and divisions within the company.

“Local information helps to create a community, on the internet and in life,” Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg writes on his page on Monday, once again trying to respond to the criticisms that are rushing through the network.

They help to “make the time we spend on Facebook is quality time,” says the young billionaire, who promised at the beginning of the year a series of measures to limit the spread of misinformation and to improve content of what circulates on the social network claiming two billion users.

“Starting today, we’re going to show you more media outlets in your city, big or small,” says the network boss, adding that the change comes first in the United States before ‘be expanded to’ more countries this year ‘.

Since the beginning of the year, Facebook has already announced that it will privilege the publications of friends and relatives of users at the expense of more institutional sources (media, brands …) then it would ask users of the help to classify sources of information by the degree of “reliability”, an initiative that has generated some skepticism, with some believing that this could be counterproductive. Since the beginning of the year, Facebook has already announced that it will privilege the publications of friends and relatives of users at the expense of more institutional sources media, brands then it would ask users of the help to classify sources of information by the degree of “reliability”, an initiative that has generated some skepticism, with some believing that this could be counterproductive.

Critics have been raging for more than a year on social networks, particularly Facebook, accused of spreading misinformation – especially during the 2016 US presidential campaign – to be dangerous for democracy or to maintain a deceitful addiction to social networks. The group now communicates very frequently to show its intention to react to these criticisms.

The daily stressed that its Facebook page will be maintained, but not updated with new information. Readers will still be able to share articles on the network through their personal accounts. The newspaper also explains that the proportion of readers accessing its articles via Facebook has recently fallen from 39% in early 2017 to 24% last December. The country’s largest communications group, Globo, had already stopped publishing content in 2013 on Facebook, before reversing the following year.

Written by Alice Walker