Posts Tagged ‘Storyful’
Facebook and publishers have a love-hate relationship, in general. Sometimes the social network is great for directing traffic back to publishers’ websites, while at the same time, Mark Zuckerberg and company are competing for some of the same ad dollars that pubs want.
This time around, Facebook wants to help journalists discover verified, newsworthy content to aid in their reporting.
April 24, Facebook’s Director of News and Global Media Partnerships Andy Mitchell announced 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.”
They’re taking on this venture with Storyful, a social media news operation that is already quite useful for reporters breaking news in real-time. Storyful has a strong team in place that verifies social posts from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other networks by geolocation and diligent sourcing, and then communicates the verified information to newsrooms via an API or a dashboard. Really, Storyful is doing all the work here, but this is a wise step for Facebook, which clearly wants to appeal to media organizations.
What does all this have in common? They’re all pieces of false information that were spread over Twitter. With lots of real news spreading like wildfire over social media, it is inevitable that false news spreads over Twitter too, and it does.
The Huffington Post‘s Mandy Jenkins and Regret the Error‘s Craig Silverman held a session at the Online News Association Conference here on Friday afternoon with the goal of preventing the participants from falling into a trap. (Slides from the presentation are available here.) Read more