Facebook Announces FB Newswire

Facebook announces FB Newswire, a resource that will help journos find, share and embed newsworthy content from Facebook . The social media giant has partnered with News Corp’s Storyful ( which aggregates news content shared on social networks) to launch FB newswire.  

News is finding a bigger audience on Facebook than ever before. Journalists and media organizations have become an integral part of Facebook, which is visible in features like Trending Topics, improvements to Pages, and recent changes to News Feed.

Publishers are seeing the results of our commitment, with referral traffic from Facebook to media sites growing more than 4x in 2013, and we’re excited to deepen our relationship with media organizations and journalists in the days to come.” said Andy Mitchell, Director, News and Global Media Partnerships in a blog post announcing the launch of FB Newswire. 

FB Newswire will include stories from all over the globe. Also, included will be stories in languages other than English.

The headlines will be in English, though.  The focus will be on quality than quantity. There’s no target for how many stories the FB Newswire will cover each day, said Aine Kerr, managing editor at Storyful in a blog post.  To find the most popular and breaking news stories on Facebook, Storyful will use an algorithm and then will follow up on these stories with its journo team before releasing it on FB newswire. 

It’s going to be journalists every step of the way deciding what is of value, what should we verify, and going off and starting what is a very rigorous process at Storyful [to verify the story],” Kerr said. FB Newswire would also have a Twitter Page @FBNewswire . 


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