Facebook Launches New Video Platform As Zuckerberg Aims To 'Bring People Together'

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said watching a show "can be a chance to share an experience"

Faceook has launched a new video platform, pitting it against YouTube and TV networks. Users of the social media site will soon have  "Watch" tab on their feeds, where they can easily discover a range of shows, from comedy or reality to live sport.

They will also be able to create "watchlists", see what their friends are watching, and communicate with other people interested in the same videos.
There will be sections such as "Most Talked About", which highlights shows that spark conversation, and "What's Making People Laugh".
Some of the shows will be funded by the social network, particularly if they are "community-orientated".
"We've learned that people like the serendipity of discovering videos in News Feed, but they also want a dedicated place they can go to watch videos," Daniel Danker, Facebook's product director, said in a statement on Wednesday.
In a post on his own Facebook page, founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said: "Watching a show doesn't have to be passive. It can be a chance to share an experience and bring people together who care about the same things.
"That's why today we're launching the Watch tab in Facebook - a place where you can discover shows your friends are watching and follow your favourite shows and creators so you don't miss any episodes.

"You'll be able to chat and connect with people during an episode, and join groups with people who like the same shows afterwards to build community."
The new feature will be rolled out in the US to begin with, before being extended.
Facebook said the shows would include videos of the Women's National Basketball Association, a parenting show from Time Inc and a safari show from National Geographic. Facebook is already broadcasting some Major League Baseball games and that would continue, the company said.
ATTN said on Wednesday it had two original series coming to Facebook Watch: a health programme with actress Jessica Alba and a relationship advice show.
Eventually, the platform would be open to any show creator as a place to distribute video, Facebook said.
It will face competition from traditional TV networks, as well as online services such as Netflix and YouTube.
Courtesy: UK Telegraph

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