Facebook announced a new service Thursday designed to make it the primary social media resource for journalists covering breaking news, a direct shot across the bow at Twitter.
FB Newswire is a tool accessible via Facebook that features an updated stream of newsworthy and embeddable public content. This includes photos, videos, and status updates about categories ranging from hard news to lifestyle to celebrity to sports. Journalists can grab that content to use it in their own stories across the web.
Newswire is powered by Storyful, bought by Rupert Murdoch's NewsCorp for $25 million in 2013, which promised users that it will be vetting all of the content it is providing.
Thus far, FB Newswire has provided content on stories ranging from Kim Kardashian's views on the Armenian massacre:
To Obama taking pictures with a robot: