Facebook is reportedly working on a standalone news app, which would rely on human editors to provide news stories from various publications.
The app would presumably be a Flipboard-style news reader, and would make use of these hand-picked stories, as well as status updates and Instagram photos. This according to Re/code, which cites two people familiar with the matter. Rumors of the app, reportedly called “Paper,” came out earlier this month, indicating that it could launch before the month is over.
There have been rumors of Facebook looking to launch more standalone apps, like Messenger and Poke. This would fit right along with that strategy obviously, and would also continue Facebook’s ongoing trend of a focus on news.
The company has been making adjustments to its News Feed algorithm to promote actual news articles more than meme-like content. It’s even made a change so that links from Pages do better than text status updates.
Earlier this month, Facebook launched a Trending feature on the user’s homepage, which highlights trends that are in the news, and points users to articles and discussion around them.
The integration of Instagram into the new app is worth noting, as Facebook has so far done little to integrate the service into its other products.
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