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Facebook launches a newswire

SMPerth // 07th May 2014

It seems Facebook isn’t happy to just have a News Feed that is designed to be a newspaper, or a mobile app called Paper that is also supposed to be a newspaper. So it has launched a new feature aimed at journalists called FB Newswire, which is just what it sounds like: a real-time feed of content related to news-worthy events. And what would Facebook like media outlets to do with that content? Why, share it and embed it on their news pages, of course.

The new wire-service, which debuted on Thursday, is partially powered by a partnership with Storyful, a social-news verification service that News Corp. acquired in December for $25 million. As a Facebook post by Andy Mitchell describes it, the service will highlight content that has been posted by users and media entities who are reporting on breaking news events around the world, and comes complete with an easy-to-use “embed” function.

“FB Newswire aggregates newsworthy content shared publicly on Facebook by individuals and organizations across the world for journalists to use in their reporting. This will include original photos, videos and status updates posted by people on the front lines of major events like protests, elections and sporting events.”

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Source: Gigaom.com

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