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Reddit is beta testing a ‘News’ tab

Reddit is rolling out a beta version of its 'News' tab, the company announced last week. The expansion comes after Reddit’s initial test of a news-related feature which began this May, when an alpha version was rolled out to some users of Reddit’s iOS app, explaining that it wanted to give news its own dedicated space. Reddit said it wanted to make news discovery easier for those with a lot of subreddit subscriptions. To determine what is newsworthy, Reddit says it first figured out which subreddits were engaging with news the most. It did this by looking at the most-clicked posts by domain in the subreddits. The company came up with a list of around 1,000 domains from media publishers focused on news. This list was used to help it surface those communities where news was regularly discussed. Generic, umbrella topics such as sports, entertainment and tech were then identified. Being a discussion and vote-driven platform, Reddit also applied a filter that will show only link posts for news, it will allow video posts only for sports. Reddit also said that this domain list was only used to find the first list of appropriate subreddits where news was often discussed – it doesn’t, however, mean that the platform is limiting news stories to those 1,000 domains. With the beta version, Reddit now offers a 'News' tab with options to customize the News tab by selecting the topics or subtopics. It will also introduce a 'community pivot feature' that will show users…

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