Facebook hoped to help people across the US stay more informed about local news, information and events when it launched its Today In feature in November. But Facebook says it's having trouble finding enough news to feed into the service -- in part because it hastened the demise of hundreds of local newspapers.
Around a third of US Facebook users live in areas where the social network hasn't been able to dig up enough local news to launch Today In there. Breaking that down a little, about 35 percent of people in the midwest, northeast and south; 26 percent in the west; and 58 percent in New Jersey live in such areas. "In the last 28 days, there has not been a single day where we've been able to find five or more recent news articles directly related to these towns," Facebook said.