Facebook is introducing a new section of its app that will connect neighbors and curate local news. The new feature, dubbed Neighborhoods, is currently available in Canada and will be available for testing in the United States soon.
Neighborhoods have been around since at least October of last year, but that small test only recruited Calgary residents, Canada, as we previously noted.
Facebook users can build a separate subprofile on Neighborhoods and fill it with interests and a custom bio. You can complain about porch pirates, kids these days, or something else you’d be doing on Nextdoor by joining your lower-case neighborhood and surrounding communities.
Because of the severe moderation issues on Nextdoor, Facebook has announced that it will devote a team of moderators to Neighborhoods who will review comments and posts to keep things “relevant and kind.” It appears that deputized users will direct and strike up conversations inside Neighbourhoods neighborhoods and do some light moderation. Facebook’s latest corner would also have blocking options.
In terms of anonymity, yeah, it’s Facebook. Neighborhoods aren’t a stand-alone app, but they’ll share your friendly activities with other apps to serve you targeted advertising.