Face­book work­ing on way to charge for read­ing news ar­ti­cles

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - International Business -

FACE­BOOK is work­ing on a way for news or­ga­ni­za­tions to charge read­ers for ar­ti­cles they share and read on the so­cial net­work.

Face­book’s head of news part­ner­ships, Camp­bell Brown, said the cur­rent plan is to re­quire pay­ments af­ter read­ing 10 ar­ti­cles from a pub­lisher through Face­book. Brown said at a con­fer­ence in New York on Tues­day that news or­ga­ni­za­tions have been call­ing for sub­scrip­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

Cur­rently, Face­book’s In­stant Ar­ti­cles fea­ture, which load faster com­pared with go­ing to the mo­bile web, are free, even if they would be be­hind a pay­wall on the web.

Face­book con­firmed Brown’s re­marks, which were re­ported by the busi­ness web­site The Street.

In a sep­a­rate state­ment to The As­so­ci­ated Press, Brown said Face­book is in early talks with pub­lish­ers on “how we might bet­ter sup­port sub­scrip­tion busi­ness mod­els.”

Last week, news pub­lish­ers said they are seek­ing per­mis­sion from Congress for the right to ne­go­ti­ate jointly with Google and Face­book on ads and other is­sues. – AP

Face­book launched on an iphone, in Mas­sachusetts on June 17. Photo: AP

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