Facebook is releasing the News tab in Europe

Andrew Ross Sorkin speaks with Meta CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg during the New York Times DealBook Summit in the Appel Room at Jazz At Lincoln Center in New York on November 30, 2022.

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Facebook users in the UK, France and Germany will no longer see a special section for news articles from December.

Meta said on Tuesday that it plans to “remove” the Facebook News tab in early December for users in those European countries as “part of an ongoing effort to better align our investments with our products and services that people value most.”

The company added that it plans to spend more time and money on short-form video, which best represents a TikTok-like Reels product. News accounts for less than 3% of what people see in Facebook feeds, Meta said.

Meta said it would honor the Facebook News commitments it made to publishers in those countries, but said it would not sign new deals or offer new products to news publishers.

Meta made his debut Facebook News in 2019, saying at the time that the product was “built to bring people closer to the stories that impact their lives.”

The decision to scrap Facebook News is part of a broader shift away from the news business. The company recently shut down access to Facebook and Instagram in Canada after its government passed the Online News Act, which requires tech firms to pay for content on the country's media outlets.

Meta disagreed with the Canadian law, saying that “the legislation misrepresents the news value received from using our platforms” and that it “is based on the false premise that Meta unfairly benefits from the news content shared on our platforms.”

Some news experts criticized Meta's decision to block users from viewing or posting news links in Canada has said it could lead to an increase in misinformation and negatively impact local news organizations.

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