Facebook is currently testing a dedicated hub for its News section within its US mobile app. The social network hopes that the addition makes it easier for users to control the stories they see.
The News Hub includes a “Today’s Stories” section which will be curated by a team of journalists at Facebook.
Users can then personalise the news they see and read based on stories they have shared, are following or by topic sections.
The hub also includes a section for paid news subscriptions and a way for users to hide articles, topics and publishers they don’t want to see.
In a blog post, the company wrote:
“Today we’re starting to test Facebook News, a dedicated place for news on Facebook, to a subset of people in the US. News gives people more control over the stories they see, and the ability to explore a wider range of their news interests, directly within the Facebook app. It also highlights the most relevant national stories of the day. News articles will continue to appear in News Feed as they do today.”
Users can now expect to see four main categories of publishers across their News feed: general, topical, diverse and local news.
The social network says it surveyed 100,000 people at the start of the year and found that it was under-serving many topics that most people deemed relevant in their lives.
Current testing will focus on showcasing original reporting from local newspapers in major US cities including LA, New York City and Washington DC.