UPDATE: News Corp's Storyful Announces Partnership with Facebook for Launch of 'FB Newswire'
Social news agency Storyful, a division of News Corp, has partnered with Facebook for the launch of FB Newswire (http://www.facebook.com/FBNewswire), a resource that will make it easier for journalists and newsrooms to find, share and embed newsworthy content from Facebook in the media they produce.
More than one billion people use Facebook to discover, explore and participate in news-making events around the world. Powered by Storyful, which discovers, verifies, acquires and distributes timely and relevant video and user-generated content, FB Newswire is a resource for journalists that aggregates newsworthy content shared publicly on Facebook by individuals and organizations across the world. This includes original photos, videos, and status updates posted by people on the front lines of major events including protests, elections, and sporting events.
Storyful was acquired by News Corp in December 2013, and was the company's first acquisition following the split of News Corporation into two publicly traded companies last year.
FB Newswire is accessible on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/FBNewswire and on Twitter at @FBNewswire, and will be updated in real-time with content related to top news stories.
Robert Thomson, Chief Executive of News Corp, said, "Storyful is bringing traditional journalistic values to contemporary video, separating the substantial from the superficial and the real from the fake. It has set a benchmark for the authentication of user-generated content and is becoming increasingly adept at monetizing that content."
Andy Mitchell, Facebook's Director of News and Global Media Partnerships, said, “In Storyful, we're excited to have found a partner with a track record of understanding both the potential of the social web as a key resource for media as well as the tools that newsrooms need to utilize it. We're confident that their news expertise and best-in-class editorial team will help make it even easier for journalists to use compelling social content from Facebook in their newsgathering and reporting.”
Added Aine Kerr, Managing Editor of Storyful, “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. 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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