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Meta to deprecate Facebook News tab in 3 European countries

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Meta is deprecating the Facebook News tab in the UK, France, and Germany in early December 2023. The company said that it is making this change to better align its investments with the products and services that people value the most.

The Facebook News tab was a dedicated section in the Facebook app that curated a feed of news articles from a variety of sources. Meta said that news makes up less than 3% of what people see in their Facebook feeds, so news discovery is a small part of the Facebook experience for the vast majority of people.

Meta also said that it is shifting its focus to short-form video content, such as Reels. The company said that this is because people are spending more time watching videos on Facebook.

The deprecation of the Facebook News tab will not affect users’ ability to view links to news articles on Facebook. European news publishers will also continue to have the ability to post links to their stories and direct users to their websites.

Meta said that it will continue to honor existing Facebook News deals with publishers in the UK, France, and Germany until they expire. However, the company said that it will not enter into new deals or offer new products for news publishers in these countries.

The deprecation of the Facebook News tab is a significant development, as it could have a major impact on the way that people consume news in Europe. It remains to be seen how this change will affect the news industry in the long term.

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