Meta Axes Facebook News for Users in US, Australia

Meta announced plans to discontinue Facebook’s news feature for users in the United States and Australia, igniting potential tensions with lawmakers critical of the tech giant’s treatment of the media sector, the New York Post reported.

The move comes as Meta aims to realign its focus with user preferences, particularly emphasizing short-form video content. According to Meta, the utilization of the News Tab plummeted by over 80% in both the U.S. and Australia throughout 2023.

“This is consistent with Meta practices around the world to distance itself from news content,” remarked Danielle Coffey, president and CEO of the News/Media Alliance, a nonprofit representing numerous news outlets.

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