Although the normal Facebook users love to have the pictures, videos and updates from their friends and relatives, there are few who want to have a breaking news and more. Facebook on Thursday introduced a new service called FB Newswire — tailored especially for the journalists. The service would allow the newsrooms and journalists to share the news or embed it.
Andy Mitchell, Director, News and Global Media Partnerships in a blog said, ” Today, we’re excited to announce FB Newswire, 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.”
Facebook has partnered with Storyful, a firm that discovers the social content. Storyful would help the company in combining the data that will be used by the journalists around the world. Facebook 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.”
The data aggregated would include ” the original photos, videos and status updates posted by people on the front lines of major events like protests, elections and sporting events.” However, since we are living in a post-Snowden era, the data collected might get used by some other firm. The use of original pictures, stories and videos probably puts a user’s privacy at risk.
Although the Facebook stated that it will be from the protests, sports events or whatsoever, we are considering the case when some personal updates goes into the feeds of the journalists using the Newswire.