FILE - In this May 25, 2017, file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers the commencement address at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. Zuckerberg says his "personal challenge" for 2018 is to fix Facebook. Zuckerberg wrote in a post Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, that he now wants to focus on protecting Facebook users from abuse, defending against interference by nation-states and “making sure that time spent on Facebook is time well spent.” (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

CAPE TOWN - Facebook announced that it will put a focus on local news in the News Feed. 

This means that you will see more stories from your local newspaper or television station in your Feed. Currently, the changes are limited to the United States but Facebook plans to introduce them globally.

“People consistently tell us they want to see more local news on Facebook,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a post.  “Local news helps us understand the issues that matter in our communities and affect our lives", said Zuckerberg. 

Since the beginning of the year, the company said it would be caging the focus of the NewsFeed and begin prioritizing posts shared by friends and family over those shared by publishers.  Additionally, The company said it would begin taking into account how trusted a news source is when determining its ranking.

By promoting local news stories, Facebook could help reduce the spread of hoaxes and misinformation on pages. 

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