Facebook to prioritize local news sources in latest feed update

Mark Zuckerberg says local stories could improve civic engagement as company grapples with concerns over spreading misinformation

Mark Zuckerberg has said Facebook will begin focusing on promoting local news sources in people’s news feeds, the company’s latest change amid criticism that its algorithms prioritized misleading news and misinformation, influencing politics in the US and elsewhere.

“Starting today, we’re going to show more stories from news sources in your local town or city,” Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post on Monday. “If you follow a local publisher or if someone shares a local story, it may show up higher in News Feed.”

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