Starting in December, Facebook users in the U.K., France and Germany will no longer see a dedicated section for news articles. CNBC reports: Meta said Tuesday that it is plans to “deprecate” the Facebook News tab in early December for users in those European countries as “part of an ongoing effort to better align our investments to our products and services people value the most.” The company added that it plans to spend more time and money on short-form video, as best exemplified by its TikTok-like Reels product.
News represents less than 3% of what people see in their Facebook feeds, Meta said. Meta said it would honor the Facebook News obligations it had made to publishers in those countries, but said it won’t enter into new deals and has no plans to offer new products for news publishers. In June, Meta removed all news content from Facebook and Instagram for users in Canada, following the passage of a bill requiring big tech companies to compensate news businesses when their content is made available on their services.