Facebook says it will prioritize local news posts

Facebook says it will prioritize posts from local news sources in the news feeds of people who live in the communities served by those outlets.

Posted: Jan. 29, 2018 4:49 PM

SELMA, Ala. (AP) - Facebook says it will prioritize posts from local news sources in the news feeds of people who live in the communities served by those outlets.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told The Selma Times-Journal newspaper Monday that the decision stems from a cross-country tour he took with his wife in which he spoke with people in communities of different sizes. They visited the small community newspaper in Alabama on last year's trip.

Zuckerberg told the newspaper people consistently told him they wanted more local news on Facebook. Zuckerberg said the prioritization of local news sources is part of an effort to help people engage with their communities.

The Menlo Park, California, company said in a statement that it identifies local publishers as those clicked on by readers in tight geographic areas.

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