Facebook has launched its news tab in the UK as of today. Therefore, the respective tab has been opened for access outside the US. Facebook’s statement stated that the news tab was specially selected and determined based on personal preferences. Facebook also pays a number of publishers for the content on this tab.
The amount Facebook paid to publishers is unknown. However, the company previously announced that it will invest a significant amount in this project over the years. Payments in question are expected to be primarily made to publishers whose content is not normally available on Facebook. Some publishers are known to expect millions of pounds to be paid each year under this program.
The social media giant also announced a number of new content partners to collaborate with on the news tab. These include The Financial Times, Sky News, Channel 4 News, Telegraph Media Group, DC Thomson and the Daily Mail Group. Facebook announced its content partners last month. The first group announced includes such publications as The Guardian, The Economist, The Independent, Wired and Vogue.
Facebook’s news tab will function in the UK in the same way as it does in the US. Shown here is the news selected by professional journalists based on what users read and share. However, users can remove news from unwanted sources or topics they are not interested in. Facebook will also highlight original news.
Brings the Facebook news tab to Germany and France
With its Facebook News tab, it provides users with a special area where they can access news within the application. However, users can continue to share news on their profiles or pages if they wish. In addition, the news can be read on the News Feed.
Facebook is in talks to make the News tab available in countries like Germany and France. According to a previous statement from the company, the news tab will also be available in Brazil and India.