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Facebook News reaches UK users


Facebook announced that it will launch Facebook news in the UK on Tuesday, paying publishers for content.

Facebook News is a dedicated section within the Facebook app that displays coordinated and personal news from hundreds of national and local publications.

The product, which competes with Apple News, was launched in the United States last June, and the UK is the second country to receive it.

Facebook claims that the product provides reliable and relevant media news to users while highlighting original and reliable reports on pressing topics.

Jesper Doub, Director of European News Partnerships at Facebook, said in a blog post-Tuesday: This is the beginning of a series of international investments in the news.

"The product is a multi-year investment that puts the original press in front of new audiences as well as providing publishers with more advertising and subscription opportunities to build a sustainable business for the future.

Facebook announced its intention to launch Facebook News in the UK in November and said the product showcases content from media partners, including Conde Nast, Hearst, The Economist, and Guardian Media Group.

Facebook announced Tuesday that it has now added Channel 4 News, Daily Mail Group, DC Thomson, Financial Times, Sky News, and Telegraph Media Group to the list of partners.

Some content that is usually protected by the free paid subscription system can be viewed via Facebook News, which is expected to be launched in more countries this year.

"We continue to learn, listen and improve Facebook News as we deploy across the UK and other markets, including France and Germany, where we are engaged in active negotiations with partners," Dobb said.

 Technology giants such as Facebook and Google are under increasing pressure to pay media companies for content.

A Facebook spokesman said: The company is paying certain British publications to display their content on Facebook News, but did not disclose the amount.

The Guardian reported earlier that some publishers expect these payments to be worth millions of pounds a year.

"We pay some publishers for participation, and we pay for non-platform content to achieve a variety of coverage across a range of thematic areas.