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Facebook plans news service launch in Brazil in the coming months

The social media giant's news service currently pays U.S. publishers for content and has original reporting from more than 200 outlets

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Press conference at the summit G8/G20 about new technologies - Deauville, France. Photo: Shutterstock
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  • The United Kingdom, Germany, France, India are also on the list of the forthcoming rollout;
  • Facebook, which has 2.7 billion monthly active users, has come under fire for its lax approach to fake news reports.

Facebook said it plans to launch its news service in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, India and Brazil in the coming months, after having introduced the feature in the United States last year.

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The social media giant’s news service currently pays U.S. publishers for content and has original reporting from more than 200 outlets, including thousands of local news organizations.

Facebook, which has 2.7 billion monthly active users, has come under fire for its lax approach to fake news reports and disinformation campaigns, which many believe affected the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, won by Donald Trump.

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Following the criticism, Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg had said the company would prioritise “trustworthy” news in its feed by identifying high-quality outlets.