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is going to create a new news section in its video streaming platform Facebook Watch to feature breaking news stories.
The move, which Campbell Brown, the company's year-old head of news partnerships, announced onstage at the Code Media conference in Huntington Beach, is part of a broader evolution of Facebook's news strategy.
Facebook launched the Watch platform in August as a way to compete more directly with other video distribution platforms online.
As my colleague Josh Constine wrote when Facebook first launched the product:
Facebook has a new home for original video content produced exclusively for it by partners, who will earn 55 percent of ad break revenue while Facebook keeps 45 percent. The “Watch” tab and several dozen original shows will startto a small group of U.S. users tomorrow on mobile, desktop and Facebook’s TV apps.
Facebook is testing a downvote button, but only for comment moderation
Today, screenshots depicting a new “downvote” button on Facebook began circulating on Twitter, leading some to speculate that the social network is actively testing a ranking mechanism similar to Reddit’s community-controlled comment system. The company has officially confirmed the test to The Verge, but a Facebook spokesperson says it’s only intended to be a method for flagging questionable comments on public posts. Tapping the downvote button hides the comment for the user who taps it, then asks them to say whether the comment was “offensive,” “misleading,” or “off topic.
By hosting original programming, Facebook could boost ad revenue and give people a reason to frequently return to the News Feed for content they can’t get anywhere else.
Watch features personalized recommendations of live and recorded shows to watch, plus categories like “Most Talked About,” “What’s Making People Laugh” and “Shows Your Friends Are Watching.” Publishers can also share their shows to the News Feed to help people discover them. A Watchlist feature lets you subscribe to updates on new episodes of your favorite shows. Fans can connect with each other and creators through a new feature that links shows to Groups.
The company had created, but only hosted generic videos that were being shared by friends and family. With Watch, Facebook was trying to own and control original content that it distributes itself exclusively on its own channel.
Facebook launches $10 million community leader awards
Facebook launched a community leadership program on Friday that will award $10 million in total to more than 100 people who have successfully built groups on the social network as part of its push to create "meaningful" interactions.The initiative, announced at a Facebook Communities Summit in London, will give five people with a track record in creating groups up to $1 million to fund a project, Facebook's Jennifer Dulski said.
Competitors like YouTube and Snap also have their own original content, but with Watch -- and the news focus -- it's taking a big step forward.
The social media giant has struggled in recent years to manage the quality of news content that's being shared on the platform and how news is being consumed by the massive Facebook audience. That said, Campbell continued to recite the Facebook line of self-effacement with the company's involvement in the media landscape.
"People don't come to Facebook for news, they come to Facebook for friends and family," Brown said onstage.
While that may be true, much of what friends and family are sharing -- especially in this news cycle -- is news.
Facebook is focusing on local news publishers rather than big national outlets to change the conversation and focus on utility of the platform.
"I don't think our focus on false news and integrity morphed into time well spent," says Adam Mosseri, VP of news feed. "For those set of issues, stuff that violates community standards or false news, those things need to be confronted head on. You have to assume that you're dealing with an adversary who's sophisticated and their strategy will change over time, so the work never ends."
Facebook Messenger adds an easy way to start group calls .
If you've ever tried initiating a group voice or video call on Messenger, then you know that it's not intuitive at all. From there, you can choose the people to add and be able to see them all on your screen if it's a video chat. The original person you're talking to won't have to miss anything if you called to show them, say, an event going on in real time -- and yes, filters work even when you're talking to several people. The feature is most likely one of the improvements Facebook promised for group chats back in January, when it announced its plans to simplify Messenger this year.
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