There are no plans yet for an worldwide test, despite the new product launching as Facebook, along with other technology platforms such as Google, faces increased scrutiny from regulatory bodies across the world.
The move comes as part of Facebook's Journalism Project Initiative, a program the company announced in January 2017 that seeks to build out local news partnerships, among other goals.
The product, called "Today In" is only available on the Facebook mobile app and is being tested in six U.S. cities: New Orleans, LA; Little Rock, AR; Billings, MT; Peoria, IL; Olympia, WA; Binghamton, NY. Those initial cities are New Orleans, Louisiana; Olympia, Washington; Billings, Montana; Binghamton, New York; Peoria, Illinois and Little Rock, Arkansas.
To make sure that the stories are relevant and authentic, Facebook will only source links from local publishers that have been manually vetted by the News Partnership team first.
The project is part of Facebook's Journalism Project initiative, which it launched a year ago following the 2016 presidential election. The company has attempted deploying different solutions to the problem of fake news, with varying levels of success.
The social networking firm wants to expand this app to more cities and then other countries gradually.
As reported by Recode, the feature combines events, announcements, and local news items specific to a particular city.
According to a report by TechCrunch, Facebook is calling this feature "Today In" and testing it in select markets.
In an effort to up its signal to noise ratio, Facebook may go local.
One will be able to see news in the "Today In" tab by clicking on the ☰ button on the bottom right corner of the app. These will include posts coming both from people as well as pages.