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Facebook adds News Section to its Mobile App

Facebook is experimenting with a new layout on mobile that highlights multiple news sections, with topics such as World & U.S., Sports and Food. However, the primary (and presumably default) section is still the classic news feed we’re accustomed to seeing.

Facebook News Section Image
An iOS mobile displaying FB App showing recent testing of News Feed Section (See red circled area)

What is News Feed ?

News Feed is the constantly updating list of stories in the middle of your home page. News Feed includes status updates, photos, videos, links, app activity and likes from people, Pages and groups that you follow on FB.

The Facebook  had already tuned the News Feed into a powerful engine, sucking up our time and pumping out ad revenue. Nearly a billion people around the world now look at Facebook daily. The company runs the second-most-popular website in the world and the most-used mobile app in the United States.

Above picture displays latest testing as seen in screenshots that surfaced on Twitter on Friday morning.

Facebook News Section Image in Mobile app
Screenshot of an Android App showing customized News Feed section.

Facebook confirmed to Mashable that it’s testing the new, sectioned news feed, in addition to the current format, though it’s unclear if the feature will ever get an official launch.

What Facebook Spokesperson Says ?

“People have told us they would like options to see more stories on Facebook around specific topics they are interested in,” a FB spokesperson was quoted as saying.

“So we have been testing a few feeds for people to view more and different stories from people and Pages based on topic areas,” the spokesperson added.

 

The report said the move would encourage users to get more news from FB rather than other sources like Twitter or Google News.

 

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References

  1. http://mashable.com/2016/04/15/facebook-news-feed-sections/
  2. http://indianexpress.com/article/technology/social/facebook-news-section-mobile-app/
  3. https://twitter.com/tomcritchlow/status/720972687795818496
  4. http://www.notimeforsocial.com/facebook-updates-for-business-pages/