By Heather Kelly,, 5-22-24

After years of Meta steadily walking away from news on its platforms, the company’s new AI tool is now using the work of those outlets for content.

Meta’s new chatbot, Meta AI, is happy to scan news outlets and summarize their latest stories and headlines for anyone who asks.  It’s even doing it in Canada, where the company banned links to news sources on Facebook and Instagram in August to get around a law that could require it to pay publishers.

It’s CliffsNotes for the news.  Meta AI draws on news outlets to give its users the day’s top headlines, summaries of specific stories, or deeper dives on current events without them having to leave its apps.  And if the chatbot catches on, it could be the next clash in Meta’s long, complicated relationship with the news industry.  » Read More