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Facebook developing a feature that allows users to subscribe to news publications

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Facebook developing a feature that allows users to subscribe to news publications

Facebook is building the feature with the aim of launching it as part of its mobile app by the end of the year, the Wall Street Journal reported. However, most of the specifics of the new payment systems are still to be announced: for instance, it is unclear if subscriptions will be available only through Facebook’s Instant Articles product.

Facebook is said to be leaning towards a metered paywall, where users would get access to a number of articles every month for free before being required to pay. But this too remains to be confirmed, as well as how revenue and reader data would be shared between Facebook and publishers.

Speaking to Poynter, observers estimated that subscriptions through Facebook would be unlikely to make a huge difference for publisher’s businesses, especially for local and regional news publishers who are behind national publishers in digital subscriptions.

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Teemu Henriksson

Date

2017-06-13 12:04

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