Facebook has launched FB Newswire, a service that aims to make it easier for journalists and media organisations to source newsworthy content from the social networking site.
It is also a play to make Facebook a more credible news source.
The service, which is powered by the News Corp owned Storyful, a business that verifies social news and video, will aggregate newsworthy content shared publicly on Facebook by individuals and organisations across the world for journalists to use in their reporting.
In an official blog post Andy Mitchell, Faceboook director of news and global media partnerships said: “News is finding a bigger audience on Facebook than ever before. Journalists and media organisations 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 4 times in 2013, and we’re excited to deepen our relationship with media organisations and journalists in the days to come.”
The service is updated in real-time and includes original photos, videos and status updates posted by people on the front line of major events like protests, elections and sporting events.
While there is no set team on the ground collating Australian news, the service is global with a team working 24/7 to gather news from around the world.
The FB Newswire Facebook page currently has 46,000 likes and Twitter account has 14,000 followers.
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