12 Nov 2015
A YouTube video that accuses Facebook of "stealing billions of views" is going viral and receiving a ton of support from content creators and prominent tech executives.
The video, created by the Munich-based YouTube channel and design studio Kurzgesagt, was released on Monday, shortly after Facebook announced it was generating 8 billion video views each day. Kurzgesagt's video has gotten more than 1.1 million YouTube views in that time.
Here are the main accusations of the fast-paced, five-minute animated video:
Facebook declined to comment on the Kurzgesagt video, however it has publicly addressed the issue of freebooting on its platform before.
Facebook does use a system called Audible Magic to detect copyright-infringing videos, and it has a system in which users can flag freebooted videos. And the company says users who make repeated copyright infringements may find their accounts suspended.
Facebook published a blog post about video management, in which it mentioned freebooting, in August. The company said it had heard from some video publishers that there were ways in which it could be doing a better job and that it was taking steps in response. In addition to employing Audible Magic, Facebook has been building video-matching technology that will be available to a "subset of creators."
Facebook was challenged over the issue of video copyright infringement by popular YouTube star Hank Green back in August, in a Medium post entitled "Theft, Lies, and Facebook Video."
In response, Matt Pakes, who works in Facebook's product team, wrote his own Medium post outlining that people at the company "absolutely do care" about digital video creators and that it takes intellectual property rights "very seriously." He explained that people tend to interact slightly less with non-native videos and that the three-second view count signals to Facebook that users are not simply scrolling through the feed and that they've shown intent to watch that video.
Nevertheless, freebooting is still clearly a problem on Facebook, and many prominent content creators and executives have been voicing their support for the Kurzgesagt video and sharing it on Twitter. People have been complaining about copyright infringement on Facebook, and the celebrities who have engaged in it, for months.
Source : businessinsider.com