Facebook is set to launch a news section for its Watch platform and is testing different video partnerships with around 10 publishers, according to a report by Axios today.
Launched back in August, Watch is a section of Facebook for mobile and desktop that’s designed to showcase TV shows exclusive to the social network. Along with serving as a platform for end users to watch shows, Watch is also meant to help creators and publishers find an audience for their content, build a community, and earn money.
The additional section would be the first standalone news product for national news in Watch. Previously news has been hosted on the platform mixed in with other publisher content through delivery mechanisms such as Instant Articles and Facebook Live.
Facebook is said to be testing a daily video feature for the upcoming news section that includes content from both “legacy and digital-first news publishers” and would run for at least a year, according to Axios sources. Hosted content would be a minimum of three minutes, and Facebook plans to launch the feature this summer to test what works best.
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