It is one of the biggest players in the breaking news business - yet it does not have any reporters, editors, a printing press or a scheduled news broadcast.

When news breaks out, there's simply no faster way to report on it than Twitter.

Greg Galant, Co-founder and CEO MuckRack,

Tech giant Twitter has emerged as main rival to leading newspaper websites despite its posts being limited to 140-characters.

Changing the way breaking news is reported, Twitter's trending hashtags and tweets from a live location have played a huge role in spreading news of protests and government crackdowns.

Leaving traditional media in the dust, the micro-blogging platform has hired its own head of news and developed new software to increase on its 300 million active users.

The Listening Post's Flo Phillips takes a look at Twitter and the significant inroads the company has made into the news media.

Source: Al Jazeera