From PC Magazine January 29
Facebook to Push More Local News Into Your Feed
High school sports, arts, and local happenings around your neighborhood will start popping up more frequently in your Facebook News Feed. [that might make a difference on how non-profit events may appear in local newsfeeds] Facebook will promote local news as part of its shift to make the social networking service better for society. “Local news helps build community—both on and offline. It’s an important part of making sure the time we all spend on Facebook is valuable,” the company’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post.
The change is part of a Facebook overhaul to reduce noise over the service. Overall, the company intends to feature less news on the site in favor of posts from family, friends, and groups. But when articles do appear, they’ll be from trusted media sources.
Zuckerberg indicated that hot-button national news topics can be problematic for Facebook. Specifically, they’ve become too divisive, and are driving communities apart. “When I traveled around the country last year, one theme people kept telling me is how much we all have in common if we can get past some of the most divisive national issues,” he wrote in his Facebook post. “Many people told me they thought that if we could turn down the temperature on the more divisive issues and instead focus on concrete local issues, then we’d all make more progress together.”
Outer Banks CommonGood encourages you to like and share our Facebook local news posts and articles. We ‘focus on concrete local issues’ and work toward making more progress together.