Facebook to discontinue News feeds in these countries.
The Facebook News could have been more fruitful for Meta and only brought trouble for the company. Thus, Meta is discontinuing the dedicated News tab in some countries merely two years after introducing it.
Facebook announced on Tuesday, March 7, 2023, that it will discontinue the News Feed tab in the Facebook app in France, Germany, and Austria in three European countries. The company said the decision was made after "careful consideration" of these countries' local laws and regulations.
Facebook said that users in these countries can still access news content from publishers and other sources through the Explore tab. The company also said it will continue investing in European news products and initiatives.
The decision to discontinue the News Feed tab in these countries is the latest in a series of changes Facebook has made to its news products in recent years. In 2020, the company announced it would reduce the news content users see in their News Feeds. In 2021, it announced that it would launch a new product called "Facebook News" to provide users with a curated selection of news content from trusted sources.
The changes to Facebook's news products reflect the company's ongoing efforts to address concerns about the spread of misinformation and harmful content on its platform. Facebook has faced criticism from lawmakers and regulators worldwide for its role in spreading misinformation, and the company has been under pressure to address the problem.
The decision to discontinue the News Feed tab in France, Germany, and Austria will likely be met with mixed reactions. Some people may welcome the change, while others may see it as a further erosion of the free flow of information online. It remains to be seen how the change will affect how people consume news in these countries.