Facebook teams up with Storyful to create social network generated newswire


Facebook has teamed up with Storyful to create newsfeeds of original content generated by users of the world’s biggest social network. The new project, know as  FB Newswire, which aims to make it easier for journalists and newsrooms to “find, share and embed newsworthy content from Facebook” in their work.

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The two The companies hope that FB Newswire will be a useful resource for journalists to aggregate newsworthy content shared publicly on Facebook by individuals and organisations across the world. It will be constantly updated with content on topics ranging from breaking news to sports results, entertainment and weather.

Áine Kerr, managing editor at Storyful, said yesterday: “We’ve been working on mining and discovering content on Facebook for three years. This was a natural progression for us.”

“We are partnering with Facebook to build a real-time home for verified images, posts and video,” she said.”We hope it will serve as a powerful tool and destination for newsrooms and journalists who are trying to source authentic content and amazing news stories.”

Robert Thomson, chief executive of News Corp, said: “Storyful is bringing traditional journalistic values to contemporary video, separating the substantial from the superficial and the real from the fake. It has set a benchmark for the authentication of user-generated content and is becoming increasingly adept at monetising that content.”

 Andy Mitchell, Facebook’s director of news and global media partnerships, said, “In Storyful, we’re excited to have found a partner with a track record of understanding both the potential of the social web as a key resource for media as well as the tools that newsrooms need to utilise it.”

More than 1 billion people now use Facebook globally, with one of its key functions being enabling users to discover, explore and participate in news-making events around the world.

Source (The Guardian

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