Facebook Paid News Service Begins Journey

OOP Digital Desk: Facebook has finally begun testing a paywall in its Instant Articles section, in partnership with a group of publishers across Europe and the US. The Facebook paid news service is being first tested on Android.

Facebook paid news was on the anvil for quite some time now. Its Instant Articles will now support a subscription system for both metered (minimum 10 articles under a regular metre) and “freemium” (the publisher decides the articles to lock) models.

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When a person who has not subscribed a particular publication, encounters the paywall, he/she will be asked to pay for the full access to the publisher’s content archive.

Facebook, in a blog post on 19 October, said that the new service is a result of the work the social media giant has undertaken with its journalism project. The California-headquartered company is talking to news publishers to better understand their goals and needs.

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As of now, publishers like The Boston Globe, Bild, The Economist, La Repubblica, Hearst (The San Francisco Chronicle and The Houston Chronicle), The Houston Chronicle, The Telegraph, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union-Tribune, and The Baltimore Sun will participate.

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