How Facebook is Stealing Billions of Views

A few days ago, Facebook proudly announced that they had reached eight billion Views per day This is really impressive, until you learn that in the first quarter of 2015, 725 of the thousands of most viewed videos on Facebook were stolen, impressing a total of 17 billion views. Sites and content links steal YouTube videos to go viral on Facebook. These videos go viral because Facebook is cheating.

Their algorithm ropes so that the videos uploaded to their player are preferred for YouTube links Because users need to be kept on the site as long as possible, so Facebook can show them as many ads as possible. This is, after all, their business model. But she also cheats when it comes to views An image counts after three seconds, even if the video is muffled Which means that because of auto-play, if you move with your timeline slow enough, you count as a viewer. That means engagement is awful Compared to YouTube views, Facebook views weight after a few seconds because most views are not real But a large number are impressive, so Facebook keeps claiming While this forced virality is odd, the real problem is so-called "Freebooting", video theft Since Facebook prefers its own player, stolen videos reach way more people than the original.

Lately this has happened to us more and more often The latest example garnered 3.2 million views and 140,000 shares in two days, While only after us reached only 100 thousand people and were divided 1000 times. other creators are hit even harder. Smartereveryday videos to steal constantly, being viewed up to 17 million times But even that is dwarfed by examples like Tyrese Gibson, a singer who steals viral videos like this, with 86 million views on his Facebook page. He adds a link to buy his music too. He is not alone in this, A whole group of people have built their online presence around the work of other stealin peoples' This is really bad for freelance creators. Contrary to popular belief Stolen content gives creators close to no exposure at all Only the thief and Facebook profit from this. Quality content takes a lot of creativity, time, and love. In our case, a single video literally takes hundreds of hours to make We too, with more than one million subscribers, are addicted to advertising and exposure.

Without ads, and the support of our generous Patreons, we could not make videos. For a small creator, a viral video can mean the difference between a career and a hobby On YouTube this type of theft is not a problem because they have great guarantees that protect content from being stolen, Although the content ID system is far from perfect, especially for movie critics and gamers. Facebook, on the other hand, claims everything is okay and constantly announces one moment after another. But things are not good. Let’s take a look at the process of claming your author on Facebook in the last year: 1. Get an email or tweet from a fan that gives you a direct link to your video. It is not possible to search for your videos on Facebook yourself, it depends on your luck to find your stolen videos. Search for "Facebook copyright infringement" on Google, because this is actually faster this way 3.

Fill out a form annoyingly during contact. 4. Watch views on your stolen videos grow. 5. Facebook finally pulls the video Conveniently, the video has already gained 99% of all the views it will ever get The thief should not be afraid of any negative consequences at all. This is what successful creators need to deal with constantly, and on top of losing out in terms of exposure and money, it just feels like offense to be treated like that. In a recent statement, Facebook announced that they want to change But it's hard to take them seriously when he still gets days for a stolen viral video to be taken down and Facebook do not share the profits made by it.

At this point, Facebook is not a partner creators look forward to working with. They have built their video empire on stolen content and disregard for original content creators. This is absolutely unnacceptable for a corporation worth billions of dollars. Facebook is already testing different monetization models that will give uploaders a cut in ad revenue Which, with the current state of play, is troubling. For now this is just being tested with the big media companies, but as creators, we will not feel like we are looking for or considering by the giant that is Facebook. What can you, as a viewer, do to help here? If you spot stolen FB content, make a comment linking to the original content. Original creator alert because only they can submit a copyright report Share this video or one made by Smartereveryday We all want the same thing, free internet that is based on creativity, community and great things We sincerely hope that Facebook will some become a partner, instead a hindrance to this goal For more in-depth information, we recommend this article by Green Hank And if you want to support us in our quest to survive in the world of online video.

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