Facebook has now stepped up their game in bringing social media into a professional, straight, and credible news source.
On Monday, Jan. 25, the social media giant officially launches the Facebook News in the United Kingdom.
Facebook News: What to expect
For over the decade now, Facebook has been providing news from different sources, credible or not.
In fact, in today’s time, millions of people depend their daily news on browsing to Facebook.
Today, however, is different—especially for UK users.
Facebook News, is now available to be used in the UK. This tool is a dedicated, curated news portal that filters all news sources into one medium.
This can be accessed through a tab in the Android or even an iOS app menu.
As explained on its official webpage, this feature will be introduced sometime in January 2021.
Hundreds of the well-known and ‘credible’ news agencies from the country and even around the globe will be included on the curated news portal.
Here’s the list of all the news sites included on the Facebook News UK:
- Conde Nast
- The Economist
- ESI Media
- Guardian Media Group
- JPI Media
- Midland News Association
- The Economist
- The Guardian
- The Independent
- The London Evening Standard
- Liverpool Echo
- Manchester Evening News
- The Mirror
- The Scotsman
- Yorkshire Post
All of these news agencies and portals will be included on the new Facebook News UK. Users will have a chance to customize their news portals; which may depend on what they like, favorites, etc.
“Readers see the top headlines and stories of the day alongside news personalized to their interests. During major news cycles, Facebook News provides timely news digests, highlighting original and authoritative reporting on pressing topics,” said on Facebook page. “Facebook News also helps people discover new topics and stories based on the news they read, share and follow.”
Do news agencies have cut on revenue?
Though the feature seemed phenomenal and convenient for most UK users, one thing that makes this somehow controversial is the issue of payment and revenue.
In over the years now, Facebook has been facing court trials in the issue of paying for media content.
In fact, Google is now under scrutiny in Australia for not paying news agencies for their online content.
In line with the Facebook News, Yahoo reported that “Facebook is [reportedly] cutting with publishers to place their content in News collectively run into the tens of millions of pounds, with the biggest publishers making millions a year from the agreements.”
This statement, however, was not confirmed nor deny by Facebook or other involved companies.
Not the first time
This was not the first time that Facebook launched the said news portal, Facebook News. In 2019, social media first introduced this tool with their US users.
They did not explain whether the Facebook News US was a major hit among users. However, it a Facebook spokesperson told media that “it has grown steadily.”
Will you use social media as your newest daily news source?