What Makes Facebook Live Videos So Mind-Blowingly Bad

Slate

On the left side of the map is a list of the most-watched videos currently on Facebook Live. On a Monday morning, that might include 9,000 people watching a South Asian actress read through her comments, a couple thousand people watching a Time-hosted Game of Thrones recap conversation, a prayer circle, and a feed from the Yale graduation. On a Tuesday afternoon, a thousand people might be watching "public figures"--that's Facebook's term--like Sean Stephenson, a therapist and motivational speaker with brittle bone disease, or Tom Cassel, a video gamer also known as The Syndicate Project, who has 9.75 million subscribers to his YouTube channel and 2.4 million followers on Twitch. But the more common type of most-watched videos is either television or what feel like DVD extras from television. A thousand people watch The U.K.'s Channel 4 broadcast of the Prime Minister's Question, the notoriously quippy weekly session when the PM answers questions from Parliament.


Facebook Live Video Takes Over App As CEO Mark Zuckerberg Tries To Take Over Television And Publishing

International Business Times

Facebook is redesigning its mobile app to put live front and center. The new live video tab replaces the spot for Messenger on smartphones; if you want to get there from the Facebook app, you'll have to go to the menu in the top left corner of the app. The tab may say "Video," but it's truly just a hub for live broadcasts -- at least for now. Tapping on the new tab will direct you to a page of currently live or previously live videos, which is eerily similar to Twitter's live video app Periscope but still nestled within the core Facebook app. The top bar is dedicated to search, so users can easily find recordings of kittens, or refrigerators, or Bernie Sanders, or whatever they are most interested in seeing.


St. Louis boy begs people to 'stop killing each other'

FOX News

That was a 6-year-old boy's message to the people of St. Louis in a Facebook video that's been viewed more than 90,000 times. "I'm scared to die," Jeffrey Laney, a kindergartener, said in the Facebook video that his mother, Leanndra Cheatham, posted last week. "I feel bad about people killing each other." "Jeffrey saw me really sad when my cousin died," Cheatham told Fox News, of why her son implored people to stop the violence. "I didn't know he remembered or even listened when I talked about the death of my cousin."


Don't fall for these fake Facebook videos of Hurricane Irma, like millions of other people did

Mashable

The first example is this 30-second video which falsely claims to depict Hurricane Irma devastating the islands of Antigua and Barbuda in the Caribbean. The video, which was shared on Facebook by Hendry Moya Duran, attracted more than 27 million views and more than 789,000 shares. However, the footage he used is at least more than one year old, and it allegedly shows a tornado that hit Dolores, Uruguay, in May 2016, according to several comments on this YouTube video from that time. I can attest that this is not Antigua, St Martin, or Barbuda. The Facebook video even tricked a meteorologist into believing it was actually from Irma.


How to Turn Off Facebook's Pesky Live Video Notifications

WIRED

Facebook believes the best way of promoting Facebook Live Video is to notify you about it. And so you get a notification whenever someone you're connected to uses Live Video. You probably have hundreds, if not thousands, of friends, bands, brands, and pages you follow. The incessant notifications can quickly get out of hand. Yes, Facebook Live is great.