On Tuesday, Facebook confirms that they will be launching news service within 6 to 12 month in India that will pay news publishers for content and original reporting.

Facebook also confirms that it will be launching its news service in Brazil, France, Germany, the United Kingdom.

After launching in the United States in 2019 Facebook News Service currently pays US publishers for content and has original reporting from more than 200 outlets, including thousands of local news organizations and will continue to focus on the growing engagement of Facebook News in the US

A report also suggested that Facebook may not be the launching of the news service in Australia.

The country announced in April that it would begin forcing Google and Facebook to pay news companies for content, in a landmark move aimed at shielding traditional media from the tech giants digital dominance. 

“What we want to see is a level playing field. What we want to see here is a fair go for the companies and for the journalistic content that is prepared,” said Australia Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.

Meanwhile, Google has created a journalism emergency relief fund to provide support for local and small newsrooms on the frontline of covering the coronavirus pandemic and also waive ad serving fees for news publishers globally on its ad manager for five months.

It believes local news is a vital resource for keeping people and communities connected in the best of times as well as data about how Covid-19 is affecting daily life.

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