The Reader project Facebook is reportedly working on is not based on RSS, and it is not a response to the impending shutdown of Google Reader, a source close to the project toldTechCrunch.

The source told TechCrunch Reader (the social network’s internal name for the project) will not be based on RSS, as RSS is “too niche” for Facebook, and most users would not take the time to locate and subscribe to RSS feeds, adding that the RSS code discovered earlier this month by developer Tom Waddington was not related to a specific product and has since been removed.

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