Facebook desperately tries to get into the news business

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After creating the “personal newspaper” of Mark Zuckerberg’s dreams, Facebook is launching a newswire service that aggregates “newsworthy content shared publicly on Facebook by individuals and organizations.”

Powered by Storyful, a tool that helps publications identify valid news on social media, Facebook Newswire is remarkably low-tech; it takes the form of both a dedicated Facebook page and a Twitter account (that’s right, a Twitter account).

Here’s a sample of Facebook’s “new resource for journalists:”

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And on Twitter:

Facebook wants to prove it’s capable of surfacing breaking news … and yet it’s using Twitter to do it. We’re scratching our heads, but as a news-hounds, we’ll play along and give the Newswire a try.

More information:

Facebook is the world’s largest social network, with over 1.39 billion monthly active users. Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg in February 2004, initially as an exclusive network for Harvard students. It was a huge hit: in 2 we... read more »

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