Facebook is working on a new section for local news

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For its new local hub, Facebook is starting with a small batch of test markets.

It's understood this will be in addition to local news that already appears in Facebook's News Feed and on publishers' pages.

Social media platform, Facebook, on Wednesday announced its new feature aimed at disseminating local news to its users. From what has been revealed, Facebook is now conducting the test in a handful of cities around the United States - New Orleans, Louisiana; Olympia, Washington; Billings, Montana; Binghamton, New York; Peoria, Illinois and Little Rock, Arkansas.

The project is part of Facebook's Journalism Project initiative, which it launched previous year following the 2016 presidential election.

Whether the "Today In" feature will help boost local media remains to be seen.

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For those who have access to the feature, it is accessible via the menu button in the bottom-right of the main Facebook app. This should help assuage some of the "fake news" concerns that have plagued Facebook over the past year or more.

The new tool, called "Today In", will show a feed of local events, announcements and news to the users.

News specific to these communities will be directed to users by both human curators and algorithms.

There's no word yet on when the feature will roll out to all US cities.

Going "Local" spells out the theme for Facebook over the last 18 months as it started providing more posts from local politicians and is also expanding Marketplace, its Craigslist-style platform that is used by people for sale of products to their neighbors.