Facebook to test news story paywalls

San Francisco: Facebook will test limiting the number of published news stories that can be read for free on its Instant Articles platform for premium publishers, US media reported. The leading social network has become a major source of news for people, triggering complaints by publishers that they lose control and revenue when their stories are shared free at Facebook. A paywall is under construction in Facebook’s Instant Articles section where the social network has agreements with select outlets to publish directly to the platform, according to a story initially published online at TheStreet
The service was launched two years ago and competes with Google’s AMP that also optimises content from select media for mobile web browsing.
Facebook head of news partnerships Campbell Brown said at a digital publishing conference in New York on Tuesday that the social network is responding to publishers’ concerns with the move, TheStreet reported. — AFP