Facebook will roll out subscription service in iOS app next month

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Facebook and Apple has clashed over subscription fees.
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Facebook has resolved a dispute with Apple that will allow it to launch a subscription tool for publishers in its iOS app.

The service has previously been available on Android devices. It will launch on iPhone in March.

News of the resolution was shared by Facebook executive Campbell Brown in an appearance at the Code Media conference in Huntington Beach, California. No details were offered about the exact terms of agreement that Facebook and Apple have reached. The clash involved a disagreement over whether Apple should be able to claim its 30 percent revenue on subscriptions offered through iOS apps.

Facebook’s news subscriptions involve a paywall which lets users read a certain number of free articles, before having to pay up for content. Facebook does not currently take any money for this service, but simply redirects readers to publisher’s websites, so they can sign up for subscriptions.

Source: Re/code