Meta to end “Facebook News” feature in U.K., France, and Germany

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    5th September 2023 – (Berlin) Social media giant Meta Platforms announced its decision to discontinue the “Facebook News” feature on its app in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany later this year. However, users will still have access to news articles through links, and European news publishers will retain their Facebook accounts and pages following the implementation of these changes in December, according to Meta.

    Nevertheless, Facebook will no longer enter into new commercial agreements for news content on “Facebook News” nor introduce any product innovations specifically for news publishers in these countries.

    In a blog post, Meta stated, “News comprises less than 3 per cent of the content users see in their Facebook feed worldwide, so news discovery is a minor aspect of the Facebook experience for the majority of users.”