Facebook reportedly building a breaking news app with features similar to Twitter

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Facebook has its hand in a lot of things, and the social networking giant isn’t afraid to launch apps to make sure that trend continues.

According to a report published recently by Business Insider, Facebook is planning on launching a breaking news app that functions much in the same way as Twitter, insofar as it’s focused on access to the most breaking information as it happens. The service would go as far as to allow publication to push notifications to its users, too. Another function of the service that’s similar to Twitter is its character limit, with the report indicating that this news app would be limited to 100 characters, plus the URL for the story.

This is similar to Facebook’s Instant Articles, it seems, with the focus on being news. However, while Instant Articles made it possible for publishers to keep users within their News Feed, and not forced to open a separate article link in a browser, this is just a full-blown standalone app. That’s not completely out of Facebook’s realm of possibilities, of course, as the platform loves apps.

As it stands right now, Twitter is working on its own news-focused service, too, with reports dating back several months regarding the service’s Project Lightning, which would focus on curated news content.

The news cycle is constantly churning, so it’s no surprise that these services would want to jump on new ways to deliver the content to users.

[via Business Insider]