Facebook Instant Articles Come to Asia

By David Cohen Comment

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Facebook is bringing its Instant Articles to Asia in a beta-test with more than 50 publishers.

The social network announced in a Facebook for Business post that the feature is available for all iPhone users, with Android forthcoming, as previously mentioned, and the list of publishers that have already gone live with Instant Articles follows:

  • China: CCTVNEWS
  • Hong Kong: Ming Pao Daily News
  • India: Aaj Tak, Hindustan Times, India Today, The Indian Express, The Quint
  • Indonesia: Kompas.com, Merdeka.com
  • Malaysia: Sin Chew Daily
  • Philippines: ABS-CBN News, GMA Network, GMA News, INQUIRER.net, Rappler
  • Singapore: The Straits Times
  • South Korea: SBS News
  • Taiwan: Apple Daily Taiwan, Chinatimes.com, ETtoday, Next Magazine Taiwan
  • Thailand: Kom Chad Luek
  • Vietnam: VnExpress, WebTretho

And the following publishers have agreed to participate and will begin using Instant Articles soon:

  • China: China Daily
  • Hong Kong: Apple Daily, Oriental Daily News, The South China Morning Post
  • Indonesia: detikcom, Liputan6.com, Tribunnews
  • Malaysia: Astro AWANI, Berita Harian, China Press, Harian Metro, Malaysiakini, New Straits Times, Oriental Daily News Malaysia, The Star Online
  • Taiwan: Sanlih E-Television News, United Daily News Group, Vogue Taiwan
  • Thailand: Dailynews, Kapook.com, Khao Sod, Nation TV, Prachachat, Matichon, MGR Online, Thairath
  • Vietnam: Thanh Niên, Tuoi Tre, Zing.vn

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Facebook director of global media partnerships Andy Mitchell said in the Facebook for Business post:

Expanding Instant Articles to Asia is a significant milestone for the product and for each of our early launch partners. Instant Articles has been designed with extensive feedback from publishers, and we’re excited to bring this collaboration to our publishing partners in Asia to help them distribute fast, interactive articles to their readers in the Facebook app.

Head of media partnerships, Asia-Pacific Ken Cheung added:

We worked closely with our early media partners in Asia to begin rolling out Instant Articles across the region. Internationally, publishers are already sharing thousands of Instant Articles on Facebook each day, and looking ahead, we’re excited to partner with more publishers in Asia to bring the Instant Articles experience to more people.

Readers: What have your experiences been like with Facebook Instant Articles?

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