Facebook to Remove News Tab, Cease Payments to Publishers

Facebook to remove News Tab in the US and Australia from April 2024.

  • Facebook to remove News Tab in the US and Australia from April 2024.
  • Publishers will no longer receive payments; users can still access news via shared links.
  • Facebook reaffirms commitment to combat misinformation through fact-checking partnerships.

In a strategic move, Facebook announces plans to eliminate its News Tab from the platform in the US and Australia starting April 2024. This decision aligns with Facebook’s goal of reallocating resources to prioritize user interests and engagement over news consumption.

Despite the removal of the News Tab, users can still access news articles through shared links, while publishers retain access to their accounts to post links and direct traffic to their websites. However, Facebook will cease payments to news publishers in these regions, emphasizing a shift away from traditional news content agreements.

While existing agreements in some countries remain unaffected, Facebook pledges to continue combatting misinformation through partnerships with accredited fact-checkers. This move reflects Facebook’s evolving strategy to enhance user experience while addressing concerns surrounding news consumption and platform integrity.