Facebook has announced that it’s accelerating its plans to expand its News tab to more countries in the next six months to a year. The new areas which Facebook News could serve include the U.K., Germany, France, India, and Brazil but it is still considering its options. The company said that it will pay news publishers to include their content in the News tab.
According to the social media giant, Facebook News takes time to enter new markets because consumer habits and news inventories differ in different areas. In the aforementioned countries, Facebook is going to work closely with publishers in a way that honours their business models and delivers a valuable experience for users.
While Facebook is now looking to bring its product to other countries, it still plans to develop Facebook News in the United States where it has already launched. The firm said:
“We will continue to focus on growing engagement of Facebook News in the US and we’re committed to the partnerships we’ve developed with US publishers to make Facebook News a valuable asset over the long term.”
With a lot of people getting their information from social media and these new tools allowing for the quick spread of information, it’s important for social media firms to have a tool akin to Facebook News so that people can get legitimate information.