Slowly and gradually, Meta has been moving away from news-related content on Facebook. It is doing so for several potential reasons. Recently, Meta declared that Facebook News would no longer be available in the UK, France, and Germany. The service will be discontinued in early December this year.
In 2019, the company introduced Facebook News. It is basically a dedicated news section for publishers. Users can find all types of information, local and international, via the Facebook News feature. But soon after its debut, the platform came under fire from nations like Canada, which requested that the business pay publishers equally. As a result, Canadian news content was blocked by Meta.
In contrast, the business’s decision to stop providing news material in certain European nations is the result of its strategic plan to devote resources to services and goods that better suit customers’ interests. The news content accounts for less than 3% of user experience on the app or Facebook feeds. For this reason, the company has decided to focus on short-form videos and side by side explore new options.
The company’s blog post reveals that the company is well aware of the fact that users don’t utilize Facebook for news and political content; rather, they use the app to connect with family and friends and discover new interests, passions, and prospects.
How will this impact the current agreements?
Although Meta will discontinue the feature in the above-mentioned regions, the contract with publishers won’t be abandoned. The firm has made it clear that it does not anticipate the future release of new Facebook products that are expressly designed for news publishers.
In addition to this, the company assures that neither access to articles nor to publishers’ pages on Facebook will be affected. Publishers will have full access to their accounts and pages. Like any other person or organization, publishers are free to add links to their articles and direct users to their websites. They could continue using the platform like other users.