Facebook to launch subscription tool in iOS app after resolving dispute with Apple

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in iPhone edited February 12
Facebook has resolved a revenue sharing issue with Apple, it was announced on Monday, allowing the social media giant to launch a subscription tool for publishers looking to enable paywall access on Facebook's iOS app.




Speaking at the Code Media event, Facebook's News Partnerships chief Campbell Brown said the company reached a deal with Apple to enable the feature, Recode reports. Currently, Facebook's subscription too is limited to Android.

"It's resolved," Brown said, referring to the prior disagreement with Apple.

Plans to bring the publishing asset to Facebook's iOS app were revealed last Octboer. Reports at the time said Facebook and Apple were working on an amicable agreement to allow in-app paywalls for months, but were unable to reach common ground.

Facebook's approach to news subscriptions consists of a metered paywall that prompts users to pay for content after reading a predetermined number of free articles, as well as a "freemium" version that grants free access to select stories while gating off others.

At issue was Apple's subscription fees policy, which requires developers to hand over up to 30 percent of revenue per month. Facebook does not currently take a cut of revenue generated from paywall funds and instead redirects users to a publisher's website, making the subscription tool a losing proposition for the social media firm.

Brown and Facebook executive Adam Mosseri declined to provide details on the terms of its agreement with Apple, but said publishers were asking for the paywall meter to be reduced from ten articles to five, the report said. With Apple on board, that change, and the new paywall system, will go into effect on March 1.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 8
    Facebook should optimize its iOS app first. It is so bloated ,its quite disturbing that they allowed to abuse the iPhone's resources. No ,I do not use it. But other members of my family do.
    edited February 13
  • Reply 2 of 8
    You know what I hate about Facebook ? Having the stupid app open on an iPhone, iPad and iMac at the same time and seeing completely different Newsfeed items.  Seriously ... sack every last Facebook manager that is responsible for that poultice of s*it.
  • Reply 3 of 8
    I begrudgingly have a facebook account still but don't post anything. I use it mostly for the marketplace or finding local traders. I think it's on a slow demise though, the youngsters have all moved on to snapchat, leaving facebook to be the new friends-reunited for old folks.
  • Reply 4 of 8
    I read the article, but I still have no idea what is happening...
    "Facebook's approach to news subscriptions consists of a metered paywall..."
    Is the paywall from Facebook or from the news source?  

    "Facebook does not currently take a cut of revenue generated from paywall funds and instead redirects users to a publisher's website..."
    So, if they already have a paywall why do they need another one?

    My suspicion is that FaceBook is changing something in its current newsfeeds, but the article only talks about payment methods for those changes without disclosing what the changes are...

    Perhaps that second quote offers a clue:
    Is FaceBook switching from redirecting readers to the publisher's website to carrying the news source itself -- and then asking its users to pay for the news source?   That could have interesting ramifications as, currently, every CNN article is flooded with comments from paid trolls.  I wonder what would happen if their masters had to pay not only the troll but for access to the article too?   Would it still be an economically viable method of distributing their propaganda?
    edited February 13 bonobob
  • Reply 5 of 8
    macxpressmacxpress Posts: 4,641member
    Facebook should optimize its iOS app first. It is so bloated ,its quite disturbing that they allowed to abuse the iPhone's resources. No ,I do not use it. But other members of my family do.
    You can fix everything by just not using Facebook...worked for me!
    edited February 13 razorpitlolliver
  • Reply 6 of 8
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 19,415member
    I read the article, but I still have no idea what is happening...
    "Facebook's approach to news subscriptions consists of a metered paywall..."
    Is the paywall from Facebook or from the news source?  

    "Facebook does not currently take a cut of revenue generated from paywall funds and instead redirects users to a publisher's website..."
    So, if they already have a paywall why do they need another one?

    My suspicion is that FaceBook is changing something in its current newsfeeds, but the article only talks about payment methods for those changes without disclosing what the changes are...

    Perhaps that second quote offers a clue:
    Is FaceBook switching from redirecting readers to the publisher's website to carrying the news source itself -- and then asking its users to pay for the news source?   That could have interesting ramifications as, currently, every CNN article is flooded with comments from paid trolls.  I wonder what would happen if their masters had to pay not only the troll but for access to the article too?   Would it still be an economically viable method of distributing their propaganda?
    https://www.recode.net/2018/2/12/17005058/facebook-help-publishers-news-feed-algorithm-campbell-brown-adam-mosseri-code-media
    GeorgeBMac
  • Reply 7 of 8
    gatorguy said:
    I read the article, but I still have no idea what is happening...
    "Facebook's approach to news subscriptions consists of a metered paywall..."
    Is the paywall from Facebook or from the news source?  

    "Facebook does not currently take a cut of revenue generated from paywall funds and instead redirects users to a publisher's website..."
    So, if they already have a paywall why do they need another one?

    My suspicion is that FaceBook is changing something in its current newsfeeds, but the article only talks about payment methods for those changes without disclosing what the changes are...

    Perhaps that second quote offers a clue:
    Is FaceBook switching from redirecting readers to the publisher's website to carrying the news source itself -- and then asking its users to pay for the news source?   That could have interesting ramifications as, currently, every CNN article is flooded with comments from paid trolls.  I wonder what would happen if their masters had to pay not only the troll but for access to the article too?   Would it still be an economically viable method of distributing their propaganda?
    https://www.recode.net/2018/2/12/17005058/facebook-help-publishers-news-feed-algorithm-campbell-brown-adam-mosseri-code-media
    Thanks....   That explains a little...
    It sounds like they're trying to remove themselves as a free platform for the propagandists that used them to sway the 2016 election -- but without pissing them off too much...

    The next step:  address the paid trolls that flood any and all legitimate news with their propaganda disguised as legitimate comments...
  • Reply 8 of 8
    1-Just recently we heard from the co-founder of Facebook and Tim Cook that Facebook is not for kids. 2-There are many references to the military taking advantage of social media to manipulate us (into wars, etc.) to popularize their boogieman du jour, etc. One of many: http://youtu.be/08tWHpNCUto  3-There are also lots of examples of people whose political ambitions were ruined because of something they said on Facebook years ago. I can think of 3 cases where people were ostracized out of politics because they said they doubted the official version of 9/11 regarding WTC 7, the third building that "collapsed" that day. Facebook is bad. Real bad.
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