“Facebook” announced its intention to launch its “Facebook News” news service in January in Britain. It is a section in which press articles are presented in exchange for a financial allowance for its editors.
“Fierce negotiations” are taking place to provide a service of this kind in France and Germany, according to the social media giant.
The “Facebook News” service was launched in late 2019 in the United States with the aim of promoting high-level press publications and refuting accusations of spreading misinformation on the network.
“Within the framework of Facebook News, we will pay editors for content that was not originally published on the platform, which contributes to attracting new readers and provides editors with opportunities to earn money” from their articles, according to a statement issued by the group.
Among the collaborators with “Facebook” in the framework of this initiative, “The Guardian”, “The Economist” and “The Mirror” tabloid, as well as “Vogue” and “Cosmopolitan” magazines.
This initiative comes in the midst of an unprecedented crisis plaguing the field of journalism, with declining advertising revenue monopolized by the Internet giants and a decrease in paper copy sales, given the popularity of free electronic publications in most cases.
The situation has been exacerbated by the Covid-19 epidemic.