Facebook Is Testing 3 News Tools


If you are like me that rely on Facebook and online media platforms for news and current information, then this is for you. Facebook has announced it’s currently testing 3 (three) different news tools on its platform.

The announcement came in line with another that, the social media giant is removing “Trending” tool from its platform this week. The removal of the ‘unsuccessful’ Trending tool, which accounts for less than 1.5% news clicks, was said to pave way for future news experience on Facebook.

The three new Facebook tools being tested are measures to stay in lane with the new ways users mostly consumes news on Facebook, which are primarily through Mobile App and news videos.

Here are the 3 news tools Facebook is currently:

Breaking News Label

Facebook is currently testing “Breaking News Label” with 80 news publishers across North America, South America, Europe, India and Australia. This tool will allow news publishers put a “breaking news” indicator on their posts in their News Feed.

Today In
The “Today In” news tools testing has been on for a while now. This tool is essentially a dedicated section on Facebook that connects people to the latest breaking and important news from local publishers in their city. The tool will also give live updates from user’s local news officials and organizations.

News Video in Watch
The “News Video in Watch” is another dedicated section on Facebook Watch in the US where people can view live coverage, daily news briefings and weekly deep dives that are exclusive to Watch.

Facebook is an online social networking service headquartered in Menlo Park, California, in the United States. Its website was launched on February 4, 2004, by Mark Zuckerberg with his Harvard College roommates and fellow students Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. The founders had initially limited the website’s membership to Harvard students, but later expanded it to colleges in the Boston area, the Ivy League, and Stanford University. It gradually added support for students at various other universities and later to high-school students. Its name comes from the face book directories often given to American university students.

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