Facebook News Tab Launches in the United Kingdom

Facebook News today launched in the United Kingdom, the first country outside of the U.S. to receive the curated news portal.

facebook news tab uk
Accessed via a dedicated tab in the mobile Facebook app, the portal features licensed content from hundreds of local and national media organizations including The Guardian, The Economist, The Independent, Channel 4 News, Sky News, Daily Mail Group, and Financial Times, amongst others.

Facebook confirmed to TechCrunch that it will be working with a service called Upday to curate the stories that appear on News:

"The product is a mix of curated, top stories and personalized links chosen by algorithm," a spokesperson said. Upday appears to be a joint collaboration between German publisher Axel Springer and Samsung, which also runs a news service on its phones powered by it.

It is not clear what the financial terms of the deal is between Facebook and Upday, but reportedly, the licensing deals Facebook is cutting with publishers to place their content in News collectively run into the tens of millions of pounds, with the biggest publishers making millions a year from the the agreements. While those figures might pale to what Facebook makes in ad revenues globally — that reaches into the tens of billions of dollars quarterly — they represent significant sums for the beleaguered U.K. media industry.

Like the U.S. version, Facebook News works by combining editorially curated stories and articles based on what users read, share, and follow on the social network. Users will also get controls that allow them to hide topics or publishers from their feed, according to Facebook.

The company says it is currently negotiating with partners to launch the feature in France and Germany, with Brazil and India also in its sights.

Top Rated Comments

justiny Avatar
16 weeks ago
And like the U.S., users in the United Kingdom will have one more reason to delete this app from their lives.
Score: 28 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SaxPlayer Avatar
16 weeks ago
Why does this "feature" make me utterly depressed? I shouldn't care because I don't use Facebook, but their evil tentacles are stretching into yet more parts of our lives where they shouldn't be. Part of me wants to think that this will cut down on the spread of disinformation, but most of me just thinks that Facebook should climb back in its box and go away.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mike_Trivisonno Avatar
16 weeks ago
Cool. A propaganda tab.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
calstanford Avatar
16 weeks ago
Facebook and News are two words that should never ever be uttered together
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Apple Knowledge Navigator Avatar
16 weeks ago
Aka, FakeBook News
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Powerguru Avatar
16 weeks ago
When will Facebook learn?
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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