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Meta Will No Longer Pay US Publishers For Content In Facebook’s News Tab As Company Shifts Focus

Meta has recently startled the tech world when CEO Mark Zuckerberg was last seen mentioning yesterday how his company was shifting focus again.

Therefore, this means both Facebook and Instagram would now be relying heavily on creator content that was AI-based in the future.

That leaves the firm with little to no time and focus on Facebook’s News Tab, with Meta confirming that it would no longer be paying out American publishers for producing content in this regard.

For those who may not be aware, the project was designed several years back but as recently confirmed by Axios, Meta has reportedly informed its respective publishers that it’s got zero plans to fund content in its news tab.

The report also highlighted how Meta has nearly spent a staggering $105 million already in this three-year-long deal for news content. In addition to that, another whopping $90 million investment went toward its news videos.

Big names like The New York Times, CNN, and Wall Street Journal were included in the list, while there was a separate category for unlocked content that was paywalled too.

But as you can probably expect, the news isn’t being loved by leading publishers who feel they’ve worked hard with Facebook for the past three years in their so-called experiments. But it just didn’t seem to pay off.
We do understand why there is a whole issue here but let’s face the reality. Very few people are using Facebook regularly as noted by the firm’s drop in monthly active user accounts. At the same time, those that do log in are not doing so to read the news.

Still, Facebook will continue to have a news tab. Also, we saw a statement released by a non-specified spokesperson from the app about how so much has changed over time since the firm signed its multiple deals.

The whole test was to see whether or not bringing theme-like news to the platform would actually prove fruitful or not. Clearly, it didn’t work as stats proved that it was ridiculous for any business to invest in subjects that fail to intrigue their users.

User preference matters a lot, as you can see the situation on Instagram. Hence, users who did visit the tab didn’t love what they say and that’s probably why they never chose to return. And this is why we’re seeing Meta make such decisions in the first place.


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