Facebook shuts news tab after Meta vows to stop paying Australian publishers for content

Meta says it will take a number of days for news tab to be fully removed in Australia and the United States


Facebook has closed down its news tab as its parent company, Meta, follows through with plans to reduce news content available on its services.

The news tab was inaccessible for users in Australia as of Tuesday but the company said it would take a number of days to fully shut it down in Australia and the United States.

The technology giant, which owns Facebook and Instagram, has been criticized by the Australian government and media outlets over its decision to stop paying publishers for news content.

A Meta spokesperson said there would be no change to publishers’ ability to use Facebook.

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