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.


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