Facebook Testing Stand-Alone News App?

Facebook is reportedly testing a stand-alone news application that would allow users to subscribe to specific publications and receive mobile alerts of up to 100 characters and links to posts on those publications’ sites.

Facebook is reportedly testing a stand-alone news application that would allow users to subscribe to specific publications and receive mobile alerts of up to 100 characters and links to posts on those publications’ sites.

Alyson Shontell of Business Insider reported via a source who has been testing the Facebook at Work project that the Twitter-like app, which is in early alpha testing, works as follows:

  • Users download the mobile app.
  • Users choose to follow partner publications and topics.
  • Those publications respond to breaking news with mobile notifications that will immediately be sent to users.
  • Those notifications can contain up to 100 characters of text, as well as a URL linking to a post on the partner publication’s site (well, it’s almost 140).
  • Partner publications can only share links to their own sites.

The source also shared the screenshot below with Business Insider.

Readers: Is there room for another Facebook stand-alone app?

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