Facebook Testing Local News & Events Section in its App

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Because space in News Feed is limited, showing more posts from friends and family and updates that spark conversation means we'll show less public content, including videos and other posts from publishers or businesses. "And the public content you see more will be held to the same standard - it should encourage meaningful interactions between people".

"Now, I want to be clear: by making these changes, I expect the time people spend on Facebook and some measures of engagement will go down". The company has long pushed users to spend more time on the social network. "Video and other open substance have detonated on Facebook in the recent years" Zuckerberg composes. News publishers that have relied on Facebook for traffic will suffer: "Some news helps start conversations on important issues", Zuckerberg wrote.

Now, it seems those publishers are nearly as out of luck as the phony publishers Facebook has tried to scrub from the News Feed.

He said the change should make everyone feel better: "The research shows that when we use social media to connect with people we care about, it can be good for our well-being". Last year, Facebook disclosed that Russian agents had used the social network to spread divisive and inflammatory posts and ads to polarize the US electorate.

The change may also work against Facebook's immediate business interests.

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Facebook and other researchers have particularly homed in on passive content.

The company's mounting difficulties prompted Zuckerberg to declare last week that his personal challenge for the year - which in the past has run the gamut from learning Mandarin to slaughtering his own meat - would be to fix what ails Facebook. This required Facebook to "refocus the system", he said.

After all, Facebook isn't exactly hiding the fact that in the news feed, family and friends and sharing come first. For example, live videos often lead to discussion among viewers on the platform, according to Facebook. She wrote: It may be that millions of people see certain news posts.

"This definitely gives you a sense of where you stand in the 'circle, '" says another publishing executive, who was part of the Journalism Project but was not apprised of the latest major changes.

Facebook has been flirting with the idea of "sort of" creating two newsfeeds, one for friends and family and another for pages that would be buried under an Explore Tab.

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