Facebook intends to prioritize local news sources publications in the news feed of people living in the communities served by these outlets, the company said Monday.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told the Selma Times-Journal that the decision was due to a national tour that he and his wife had with people of various sizes. They visited the small community newspaper in Alabama during last year’s trip.
Zuckerberg told the newspaper that people were constantly telling him that they wanted more local news on Facebook. Zuckerberg said prioritization of local information sources is part of the effort to help people get involved in the communities they live in.
“There is a lot of research that suggests that people who read the local news are more involved in their community and more likely to participate in civilian improvements,” Zuckerberg told the newspaper. “The more you are aware of the issues in your community, the more you can engage and make a difference.”
Menlo Park, California, said in a press release that it identifies local publishers who are clicking on readers in limited geographic areas.
“If a story comes from a publisher near you, and you follow the publisher’s page, or your friend shares a story through that media, it might appear higher in the news feed,” the statement says.