Facebook wants you to be the first to receive news. The Social Media network has launched Newswire, a new FB app that will deliver breaking news to the users. This tool is supposed to make it easier for journalists to deliver breaking news content on feeds. Just like it is in Twitter, the app is embeddable and shareable on websites and news pages.
The service is being promoted by Facebook as a way of knowing what is happening across the globe without having to scavenge different news channels. This new service has a full stream of content that will be available for users to read. Perhaps Facebook is trying to create a clear distinction between news and noise.
According to CBS News, the app will be curated in partnership with Storyful, a news agency that was purchased last December by News Corp. for $25 million. Thus, Newswire is designed to pick up news status to be shared by companies and users, and this will include pictures, articles and videos.
The major selling point of this service is that it incorporates verifications to help users know that the news items are verified and come from accurate and trusted sources. Facebook will do this by using an algorithm that finds popular breaking news in various categories like entertainment, tech, sports, politics, finances, etc.
The move is seen by many as a step forward in competing with Twitter, which has already established itself a portal where users can get breaking news.
This is a sequel to a trending feature, incorporated by Facebook, which shares what’s trending at any given time. Thus, Facebook is doing everything possible to stay in the limelight. These seemingly small steps have helped Facebook grow its active user base from 700+ million in 2013 to 1.28 billion in 2014.