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Technology Facebook launches a news section - and will pay publishers

14:20  25 october  2019
14:20  25 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Facebook ’s news project will pay some publishers millions of dollars for content. It’s a major shift. The occasion is the launch of Facebook ’s news section , which will give users a way to scan headlines and read some news stories — and which will give some publishers , like News Corp, millions of

Facebook on Friday announced the launch of Facebook News , a new section of the social network that will show users a personalized selection of Facebook has been working on the News project for months, and it will pay as much as millions of dollars to news publications for licensing fees to run

Over the course of its 15 year history, Facebook has variously ignored news organizations while eating their advertising revenue, courted them for video projects it subsequently abandoned, and then largely cut their stories out of its newsfeeds .

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Now it plans to pay them for news headlines — reportedly millions of dollars in some cases.

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Facebook on Friday unveiled Facebook News , its latest foray into digital publishing . The product is a new section of the social network’s mobile Facebook will pay for a range of content from dozens of publishers — including striking some deals well into the millions of dollars — and get local news from

Facebook plans to launch a “ News ” tab on Friday that will offer stories from hundreds of news organizations, some of which will be paid fees This retreat hurt the traffic of many publishers , and Facebook ’s move this week may help restore some of that audience — though not in News Feeds

Enter the "News Tab," a new section in the Facebook mobile app that will display headlines — and nothing else — from the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, BuzzFeed News, Business Insider, NBC, USA Today and the Los Angeles Times, among others. Local stories from several of the largest U.S. cities will also make the grade; headlines from smaller towns are on their way, Facebook says.

Tapping on those headlines will take you directly to publisher websites or apps, if you have any installed. Which is more or less what publishers have been requesting from Facebook for years.

It's potentially a big step for a platform that has long struggled with both stamping out misinformation and making nice with struggling purveyors of news. Though media watchers remain skeptical that Facebook is really committed to helping sustain the news industry.

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Facebook is moving ahead with plans to create a dedicated news section , and it reportedly is offering to pay publishers millions of dollars to participate. Meanwhile, about the time Zuckerberg floated the news -tab idea the rival platform Apple News launched a subscription program that shares revenue

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Facebook declined to say who is getting paid and how much, saying only that it will be paying "a range of publishers for access to all of their content." Just last year, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he wasn't sure it "makes sense " to pay news outlets for their material.

But now, as Zuckerberg told The Associated Press in an interview, "there's an opportunity to set up new long term, stable financial relationships with publishers."

News executives have long been unhappy about the extent to which digital giants like Facebook make use of their stories — mostly by displaying headlines and short summaries when users post news links. A bipartisan bill introduced in Congress this year would grant an antitrust exemption to news companies, letting them band together to negotiate payments from the big tech platforms.

"It's a good direction that they're willing for the first time to value and pay for news content," said David Chavern, head of the News Media Alliance, a publisher trade group. "The trouble is that most publishers aren't included."

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Facebook will soon launch a new tab dedicated to news , and the tech giant has already reportedly Whisperings about the news section emerged in August after the Wall Street Journal reported that it Some of the publishers will be paid licensing fees ranging from hundreds of thousands of dollars to a

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Zuckerberg said Facebook aims to set up partnerships with a "wide range" of publishers.

"We think that this is an opportunity to build something quite meaningful here," he said. "We're going to have journalists curating this, we are really focused on provenance and branding and where the stories come from."

In a statement, the Los Angeles Times said it expects the Facebook effort will help expand its readership and digital subscribers.

Facebook killed its previous effort to curate news, the ill-fated Trending topics, in 2018. Conservatives complained about political bias, leading Facebook to fire its human editors and automate the section until it began recycling false stories, after which the social giant shut it down entirely.

But what happens when the sprawling social network plays news editor? An approach that sends people news based on what they've liked before could over time elevate stories with greater "emotional resonance" over news that "allows public discourse to take place," said Edward Wasserman, dean of the graduate journalism program at the University of California-Berkeley.

Facebook to pay 'subset' of news tab publishers

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"It deepens my concern that they'll be applying Facebook logic to news judgment," he added.

The social network has come under criticism for its news judgment recently. In September, it removed a fact-check from Science Feedback that called out an anti-abortion activist's video for claiming that abortion is never medically necessary. Republican senators had complained about the fact check.

Facebook says a small team of "seasoned" journalists it employs will choose the headlines for the "Today's Story" section of the tab, designed to "catch you up" on the day's news. The rest of the news section will be populated with stories algorithmically based on users' interests.

That sounds similar to the approach taken by Apple News , a free iPhone app. But Apple's effort to contract with news organizations has been slow to take off. Apple News Plus, a $10-a-month paid version, remains primarily a hub for magazines; other news publishers have largely sat it out.

Apple's service reportedly offered publishers only half the revenue it pulled in from subscriptions, divided according to how popular publishers were with readers.

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