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Facebook Opens Up Live Broadcasting For Journalists

Facebook reports today that it is opening up its Mentions app for verified journalists, experts, and other “influencers” to post live news, stream behind the scene news, host Q&A along with other possibilities. The app—formerly available only to select celebrities-aims to help journalists to use Facebook as a home to distribute their news and also to use the platform for livestreaming.

Vadim Lavrusik, Facebook’s product manager for Mentions, says, “We want to make Facebook a better experience for journalists whether it’s used for news-gathering or better connecting with their readers or to drive distribution to their content,”.

Facebook launched Mentions app in 2014, but livestreaming via the app only came to life last month.

Mohammad Ruhul Kader is a Dhaka-based entrepreneur and writer. He founded Future Startup, a digital publication covering the startup and technology scene in Dhaka with an ambition to transform Bangladesh through entrepreneurship and innovation. He writes about internet business, strategy, technology, and society. He is the author of Rethinking Failure. His writings have been published in almost all major national dailies in Bangladesh including DT, FE, etc. Prior to FS, he worked for a local conglomerate where he helped start a social enterprise. Ruhul is a 2022 winner of Emergent Ventures, a fellowship and grant program from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He can be reached at [email protected]

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