Facebook Inc. is in early talks with several news publishers about how its social media site can better support subscription business models, Reuters reports, citing a statement from the company’s head of news partnerships, Campbell Brown.
Brown’s statement on Wednesday comes a day after TheStreet reported that Facebook plans to launch a subscription-based news product, citing comments by Brown at a conference. Facebook will begin initial tests in October, according to the financial news website.
The feature is likely to allow publishers to create a paywall on Facebook’s Instant Articles and guide readers to a publisher’s home page to opt for a digital subscription, TheStreet said.
Instant Articles lets publishers post articles directly to the Facebook app.
The idea for a paywall is based on premium and metered plans and has been in the works for a while, TheStreet said, citing Brown at the Digital Publishing Innovation Summit in New York.
Facebook also started the roll-out of a new tool that allows publishers using Instant Articles to measure how those articles perform compared with their own mobile websites.
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