Facebook is doing all it can to become the top name in everything that relates to technology. And after acquiring major firms such as WhatsApp and Oculus, it seems like the company is now centering its attention toward media and journalism.
According to reports, Facebook has launched a brand new FB Newswire service which would will offer a collection of verified, real-time content for use in covering breaking news stories.
"FB Newswire is a resource for journalists that aggregates newsworthy social content shared publicly on Facebook by individuals and organizations," the offcial Facebook page for the same states.
Powered by Storyful, the FB Newswire has been tagged as a resource for journalists that will look to aggregate newsworthy social content shared publicly on Facebook by individuals and organizations.
FB Newswire will now collect "newsworthy content" that Facebook users share publicly, including photos and videos, alongside status updates from users who are present where news is breaking.
And with the new changes, Facebook is hoping to position itself as a primary source for timely and essential public information - something we have already seen with Twitter.
Commenting on the new service, Andy Mitchell, Director, News and Global Media Partnerships, stated: "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."