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Blog: Combating fake news with local news

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Facebook announced on Wednesday that it is expanding a service that highlights local news for its users.

Following the investigation into election meddling, the company has been working to repair its image and remain a credible place for its users to glean information.

Other websites such as Google use a similar feature to gather local headlines for your region from publications across the region which includes articles from and other local and regional news sources.

The Facebook service dubbed "Today In" was rolled out in six cities in January, then 25, now it will be in 400 cities across the U.S., mainly large cities. As of noon Wednesday, I have not seen the feature reach my Facebook app or website page for Glens Falls or Saratoga Springs.

A couple nearby cities will offer the feature though which include Albany, Plattsburgh and Schenectady. For a complete list visit,

According to an Associated Press story, the posts are curated by artificial intelligence and gathers posts from Facebook pages for news organizations, government agencies and community groups.

A safeguard is in place to keep objectionable content out through a filter. What it will not do is keep out a questionable post from Uncle Buck or your friend Billy as the algorithm will take your friendship into account as a trusted source of information.

Facebook will also offer a way to have the posts automatically be added to your news feed.

Without the service locally and if you have not already liked The Post-Star's Facebook page, click here, and be sure to follow the page to see our posts high up in your news feed.

— Adam Colver

Adam Colver is the online editor at The Post-Star. He manages The Post-Star's Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and He can be reached at


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