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Facebook Is Looking Into Allowing Paywall For Selected Media Stories (techcrunch.com) 35

New submitter sarbonn writes: Facebook is testing whether or not it can start charging for stories by placing a paywall that appears after ten stories have been viewed from one of its media sources. An interesting takeaway is that Facebook would like to do this by avoiding the mandatory 30 percent cut that Apple and Google get from their stores by going around their app stores. This is being targeted for around October. The news comes from Campbell Brown, who heads Facebook's new partnerships business. "We are in early talks with several news publishers about how we might better support subscription business models on Facebook. As part of the Facebook Journalism Project, we are taking the time to work closely together with our partners and understand their needs," Brown told TechCrunch in a statement via a spokesperson.
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Facebook Is Looking Into Allowing Paywall For Selected Media Stories

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  • And I'm proud of it.

    I browse the web with uBlock Origin, I use FaceBook Disconnect and GreaseMonkey. I IM from my Mobile Device through XMPP to a Spectrum 2 Server.

    What I do want to know is, how can I get information on what FaceBook knows about me as a non-user.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Really, I commend you on trying to be private but the cat is out of the bag. No matter what you do information about you from others even mentioning you on a Facebook page to just turning your cell phone on is giving someone somewhere your information.

      I've faced it along time ago - our privacy is dead and not much we can do about it.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    It's the best kind of fake news. Fake News Premium. Can only be read on an iPhone.

  • This could actually be a positive development. If consumers will start paying for credibly-reported news, that could be a boon to journalists and a benefit to the populace (and democracy, where applicable).
    • This could actually be a positive development. If consumers will start paying for credibly-reported news, that could be a boon to journalists and a benefit to the populace (and democracy, where applicable).

      Except the money won't be going to journalists.

    • So if credible news costs money and news of lesser credibility is free, which do you think most Joe Sixpacks will read?
      • by lhowaf ( 3348065 )
        Aw, man. You guys are harshing my buzz! Don't you think, though, that we're better off paying for an NYT article than slurping up some alt-right drool?
    • One problem is that a subscription to WSJ doesn't help if the articles you want to read are spread out across NYTimes, LATimes, Washington Post, and other paywalled outlets.

  • by bjwest ( 14070 ) on Wednesday July 19, 2017 @06:27PM (#54842547)
    I'm sure it's going to be just as fair and balanced as that other 'F' news site. Possibly even more so when their algorithms kick in and show you only news that align with your world view.
  • Those of us in 40s and more would remember AOL even if they didn't use. The only time I had to use AOL was when my wife joined UC Berkeley extension online UNIX course and the professor made it mandatory to use AOL for assignments. Many people didn't use any other app to access internet other than AOL app. You could subscribe to books, magazines, courses, etc on AOL. Companies bought keywords on AOL (like company pages on Facebook).

    More I read about Facebook, more similarity I find with AOL. AOL's popularit

  • Never used it, never will.

    And even if I did, if they think I'd be willing to pay for the drivel that they're going to spam into their "news" feeds, all I can say is "HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!"

    • I both do and don't understand their proposed model - you get charged because you're using the site more. That sounds good in principle, because you're charging by usage. But you're encouraging less use, which invites people to google for whatever they want to read, which naturally takes them out of facebook.

      Zuck is a lot richer than me, so I'm sure I can't tell him much about how to make money. This all seems very weird though.

  • I never ever read Facebook for the news. When others quote FB news, I disregard it. Untrustworthy sources denies validity.

  • "...work closely together with our partners and understand their need for money..."

    FTFY

  • by Stephen Chadfield ( 7971 ) on Thursday July 20, 2017 @09:32AM (#54845399) Homepage

    I do use Facebook but I don't think it is very well designed. It is low down on my list of sites I would pay money to use if I was forced to. Very much in the "ditch if paywalled" group.

  • They can't roll this out fast enough! The sooner it rolls out, the quicker people start jumping ship! There are so many venues for free news that pay-walling your particular venue is financial suicide. The mainstream media is going to love this as well. Weakened competitors are far easier to buy out.
  • I have been flogging this idea for almost 20 years. about time somebody picked it up.

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