YouTube's new channel Newswire keeps viewers up to date on breaking news with a verified and curated stream of eyewitness videos. YouTube's parent organisation Google has partnered with Storyful, a social news agency that verifies social content, to launch the project.
In recent months, both Twitter and Instagram have announced updates to their services that will give users more efficient access to news. Twitter's Project Lightning will be a feed of curated stories from specific events that are drawing users' attention, such as the Super Bowl or the Oscars. Similar to Snapchat's Live Stories, which started in 2014, Twitter will try to process news more easily and allow users to keep on top of live global events as they unfold.
Likewise, Instagram recently added a whole new 'search and explore' feature, wherein trending tags highlight popular themes and events across the platform. Instagram has also added customised recommendations on who to follow, as well as an option to search by location, all of which help users discover content beyond their immediate interests.
Social media outlets are progressing beyond breaking news and surfacing trends through what their global users are sharing in their millions. Tighter curation and discovery tools such as these will enable them to engage in sustained events and news coverage by filtering the masses of information. In effect, the platforms are working towards being real-time current events networks with the power to hold users' attention, rather than prompting them to seek more information elsewhere.