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Facebook to prioritize local news in all countries

Facebook Inc. will prioritize local news in all countries and in all languages.

Initially introduced in the U.S., the move lets users see more news on the social network from local sources covering news about the city they are in and other cities they may care about, Facebook news executives said in a March 26 post on the company's Newsroom page.

"With this update, we're helping local publishers who cover multiple, nearby cities reach audiences in those cities," the executives said. "We'll consider a publisher as local to multiple cities if the people in those cities are more likely than the people outside of those cities to read articles from the publisher's domain. By expanding the scope of what may be considered local to people, we're including other cities that people may care about and connecting people to local publishers from those cities."