Facebook launches a news section – and will pay publishers

Facebook is introducing the “News Tab,” a new section in its mobile app that will display news headlines selected by journalists. Publishers will be paid for the use of their material.

The social network has long been at odds with news publishers who complain it benefits from sharing of their stories without paying for them.

It’s potentially a big step for a platform long characterized by its difficulties stamping out misinformation and its unwillingness to contract with publishers.

The tab will include headlines from the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, BuzzFeed News, Business Insider, NBC, USA Today and the Los Angeles Times, as well as local headlines from several of the largest U.S. cities.

The news tab launches Friday.

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