Facebook announces Featured Events capability to show human-curated list of recommendations

For the first time, Facebook is getting actual people to curate events recommendations in 10 cities across the country.

Facebook today announced plans to add human curation to its Facebook Events feature on iOS devices, with designated curators set to highlight notable events in a select number of cities.

Facebook's Events now allows users to discover new events based on what is popular with their friends or through an algorithmic "suggested for you" feature. Event pages are a useful way to share event details with a large number of people, including time, location, and information on others who are attending. Its staff will pick the events users will see.

Josh Constine of TechCrunch reported on the launch of the feature, saying that the events are curated by Facebook employees, and categories include art, entertainment, family, festival, fitness, food and drink, learning, community, music and sports. It will also send out a weekly digest to users in major cities notifying them of events in the week, and give avid Events users push notifications on the digest.

Koolwal said the Events team made a decision to curate events in US cities after users asked Facebook for the feature.

As a note of caution, however, Facebook says it won't be including political or religious events. While Facebook's new Curated Events feature is only available in a limited number of cities, Facebook may consider expanding it in the future should it prove popular.