Facebook and Storyful launch a newswire that helps media find news content on the social network

Facebook and Storyful launch a newswire that helps media find news content on the social network

Facebook has announced FB Newswire today, a resource that aims to help journalists find, share and embed newsworthy content on the social network in any stories they produce.

The platform is powered by social media news agency Storyful, which was acquired by News Corp late last year.

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The FB Newswire platform aggregates content shared publicly on Facebook, which includes photos, videos and status updates from people who are witnessing major events live, typically in protests, elections or even during natural disasters.

FB Newswire is accessible on Facebook at Facebook.com/FBNewswire and on Twitter at @FBNewswire, and Facebook says it will be updated in real-time.

The social network also notes that referral traffic from Facebook to media sites grew more than four times in 2013. Its move to launch a newswire is likely to deepen this relationship.

As Twitter makes changes to its design that many have said makes it look increasingly like Facebook, it seems like Facebook is also keen to step into Twitter’s turf by making its resources more relevant to news outlets.

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