Announced a company Facebook it begins launching its Facebook News product in the UK on Tuesday, with publishers paying for the content.
Facebook News is a dedicated section within the Facebook app that displays curated and personalized news from hundreds of national and local publications.
The product, which competes with Apple News, was launched in the United States in June, and the United Kingdom is the second country to receive it.
Facebook claims the product provides informative, reliable and relevant news to users while highlighting original and authoritative reports on pressing topics.
Jesper Doub, director of European News Partnerships at Facebook, said: Post Today Tuesday: This is the start of a series of international investments in the news.
“The product is a multi-year investment that puts original journalism in front of new audiences, as well as providing publishers with more advertising and engagement opportunities to build sustainable businesses for the future,” he added.
Facebook announced its intention to launch Facebook News in the United Kingdom in November, and said the product is showing content from media partners, including Conde Nast, Hearst, The Economist and Guardian Media Group.
And Facebook announced on Tuesday that it has now added Channel 4 News, Daily Mail Group, DC Thomson, Financial Times, Sky News and Telegraph Media Group to its list of partners.
Some of the content that is normally paid for its subscription can be viewed for free via Facebook News, which is expected to launch in more countries this year.
“We continue to learn, listen and improve Facebook News as it spreads across the UK and in other markets, including France and Germany, as we are actively negotiating with partners,” Dobb said.
Tech giants such as Facebook and Google are under increasing pressure to pay media companies for content.
A Facebook spokesperson said: The company pays certain British publications to display its content on Facebook News, but did not disclose the amount.
The Guardian reported earlier that some publishers expect these payments to reach millions of pounds per year.
He added: We pay some publishers to participate, and we pay for content that is not on the platform in order to achieve a variety of coverage across a range of thematic areas.