Nieman Lab: Researchers analyzed more than 300,000 local news stories on Facebook. Here’s what they found.

Nieman Lab: Researchers analyzed more than 300,000 local news stories on Facebook. Here’s what they found.. “The nuts and bolts of Facebook’s local news efforts have largely remained within a black box. In an effort to open that black box, Facebook made a month’s worth of data collected for the Today In feature available to us so that we could analyze the local news available on Facebook. We combined these data with user interaction data from Facebook’s CrowdTangle platform and U.S. Census data in order to get a sense of how Facebook users engage with the different types of local news stories that are available to them, and how the availability of local news differs across different types of communities.”

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