The Wall Street Journal: Facebook expands local-news feature to more than 400 U.S. cities

Facebook Inc. said Wednesday it has expanded a local-news feature to more than 400 U.S. cities, as the social-media giant, which has struggled with everything from false news to data privacy, aims to keep users engaged on its platform.

The company launched the feature, called Today In, earlier this year after surveys found that many users wanted to see more local news and community information on Facebook.

Today In aggregates information such as road closures and weather reports in a specific section of the Facebook app, and users can get updates in their news feeds. The service also displays headlines from local publishers that have created Facebook pages.

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