Mark Zuckerberg’s company recently announced its intention to slow down its efforts regarding Facebook News in Europe, or at least in parts of it. Starting in December, the social media giant will begin phasing out this service in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. Facebook News, introduced in 2019, has its own tab on the social network’s website and app. While it was planning to expand to Latin America, starting with Brazil, it seems that due to its limited success in European test runs, it won’t be reaching this region after all.
For now, Facebook supports local and international news that may be of interest to each market. In its original function, articles were selected through an algorithm, although it had a section of articles chosen by humans. However, a year ago, Meta made all posts be chosen algorithmically. (...) Even with the closure of Facebook News, the media outlets that used to publish their news there can continue to do so through their own pages, where they can post stories and links to their news. However, Meta hasn’t offered any solutions to help these media outlets overcome this setback. At least not for now.