Facebook will shift the from its mostly national news focus to also feature more local new stories, as documented below


On Monday, Zuckerberg indicated that national issues can become divisive and problematic to building communities through the social networking service.  Move over national news. High school sports, arts, and local happenings around your neighborhood will start popping up more frequently in your Facebook News Feed.

Starting on Monday, 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 goes into effect today in the US, and will be rolled out in other countries throughout 2018. It comes as Facebook’s CEO has vowed to fight fake news on the platform, and make the service better for people’s well being.