Facebook announces Signal – content curation tool for Journalists
In a bid to get the same attention journalists give to Twitter when it comes to real-time breaking news and major events; Facebook has announced Signal.
The social media giant describes it a free discovery and curation tool for journalists who want to source, gather, and embed newsworthy content from Facebook and Instagram, across news, culture, entertainment, sports, and more—all in one place.
Signal is backed by technology from Facebook’s Media Solutions application programming interfaces (APIs) as well as using those of CrowdTangle and Storyful. It shows what is trending on the social network and journalists would be able to search through public posts.
The tool also applies to Instagram, relevant news photos and videos from public accounts across the world. The tool is primarily one for journalists and media professionals alike to source data, text, photos and videos across various categories from Facebook & Instagram.
These curated contents can then be embedded online and integrated into broadcasts. Signal is available for free and is currently only available to journalists in the US working in English-language newsrooms. Users must however, have their employer’s name (media company they are representing) in their bio before requesting access to the service.