YouTube video claims that Facebook Inc. is ‘STEALING BILLIONS OF VIEWS’ from content creators


A video that was recently uploaded to Google’s YouTube that accuses Facebook of stealing billions of views annually has started going viral on the web, while it also receives support from content creators and front running names of the tech industry.

The aforementioned video that was produced by Munich-based YouTube channel and design studio Kurzgesagt, was uploaded on Monday and since then it has accumulated one million and two hundred thousand views.

The main accusations that the five-minute video is trying to bring on the surface dictate:

  • )During the course of the 1Q in 2015,  725 of the 1,000 most viewed videos on Facebook were stolen from the original producers and then re-uploaded to Facebook’s native video player. Kurzgesagt also suggests that those 725 videos delivered 17 billion views in that particular period.
  • ) Kurzgesagt claims that the incidence of videos being stolen is developing at alarming rates- the particular event is also referred to as freebooting.
  • ) The social networking giant has been also accused of “rigging” its respective algorithm, in a way that videos hosted under its native player are more likely to show up in your news feed than others, such as Vimeo and YouTube links, who constitute arch rivals of Facebook- especially the latter.
  • ) Another charge that Kurzgesagt is claiming against Facebook, is that the Palo Alto-based company is actually “cheating”, when it comes to the time it requires for a viewer to watch a video in order for it to get on the views counter. According to the same source, Facebook is adding a hit to the views counter after users have watched three seconds of a video, which, if that’s the case, would be rather unfair, since whenever you scroll pass a video it plays automatically. Hence, these three seconds could be the overall time it took the user to scroll down enough so the auto-play shuts off. YouTube has not officially unveiled its view metrics, though experts in the field claim that in order for a YouTube clip to receive a view on the counter, then the user has to watch at least the first 30 seconds. In short videos, it might require watching the entire clip in order to count as a view.
  • ) The viral video also states that Facebook’s copyright infringement system is inefficient and nowhere compared to YouTube’s Content ID counterpart. Kurzgesagt says that the thief  “doesn’t have to fear negative consequences at all.“.

“It just feels like a violation to be treated like that.”

Kurzgesagt, YouTube

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The social networking colossus has refused to issue any official comment on the particular video, though it has made remarks regarding freebooting in the past.

For copyright infringement detection, Facebook utilizes a system called Audible Magic, where users can flag freebooted videos. If a Facebook account is being continuously reported for the particular action, then the company could ultimately shut down the respective page.

Moreover, the company has sat down and talked with specific video creators who have suggested that are more efficient ways to tackle the issue out there, hence it has a new enhanced program under the works that will be exclusively available to prominent producers.

Nevertheless, Facebook has a history when it comes to accusations of a relevant nature to the matter at hand, so we should definitely expect this video making headlines on major media outlets very soon.

Via: Business Insider

Source: Kurzgesagt, YouTube

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