Facebook Launches New Journalism Tool FB Newswire With Help From Storyful

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The two are teaming up to curate breaking news content

Move over, Twitter! Facebook launched a new service to help journalists cull breaking news from their newsfeed.

On Thursday, the social media giant announced the creation of FB Newswire, a brand new resource that will help curate breaking news content including photos, videos and statuses. Storyful will power the FB Newswire page, with its staff on hand to verify news and updating in real time.

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“We believe this new Newswire will prove Facebook is both an origin and a destination for news and can showcase Storyful’s ability to surface real time stories from around the world,” Aine Kerr, Managing Editor of Storyful said in a statement. “Storyful’s discovery technology and expert journalists will bring a new layer of verification, expert curation and community engagement to content on the platform.”

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In recent years, Facebook has taken a back seat to Twitter and Reddit as a news-gathering tool during breaking news events like last year’s Boston Marathon Bombing and FB Newswire is an effort to help turn the tide.

FB Newswire can be accessed on Facebook at  http://www.facebook.com/FBNewswire  and on Twitter at @FBNewswire.