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Chris Cox, Facebook chief product officer, to leave firm

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has announced the high profile departures of the social media giant’s chief product officer Chris Cox and head of WhatsApp Chris Daniels. The departure of Cox is a particular surprise, given that he has worked at the firm since 2005 and introduced key features to the service including its News Feed. […]

Facebook introduces Showcase premium video ad scheme

Facebook is introducing a new video ad programme in the US, designed to help ad buyers reach target audiences within “the highest-quality videos on Facebook” – including Facebook Watch originals. Facebook Showcase aims to make it easy for advertisers to plan, buy and measure video ad campaigns, reserving inventory upfront, at a fixed price, guaranteed […]

Mediaset claims victory in legal battle with Facebook

Italian broadcaster Mediaset has claimed victory in a milestone legal battle with Facebook over violation of copyright and defamation, with a Rome court holding the social network responsible for hosting unauthorised links to Mediaset content. The case dates back to 2012. According to Mediaset, anonymous users opened a Facebook page dedicated to a cartoon, Kilari, […]

DCMS committee calls for regulation of online platforms

A compulsory code of ethics, overseen by an independent regulator, should be brought in to monitor online platforms like Facebook and bring an end to self-regulation, according to a UK parliamentary report. The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee’s damning final report on ‘Disinformation and ‘fake news,’’ published today after an 18-month inquiry, recommended […]

Viacom teams with Facebook for MTV Stax

Viacom International Media Networks’s (VIMN) MTV has teamed up with Facebook in the UK to launch a live and interactive quiz game show on Facebook Watch called MTV Stax. The agreement means that MTV will be one of the first UK partners to utilise Facebook Watch’s new game show functionality, which it developed as part […]

Facebook expands ‘fan subscriptions’ trial to Europe

Facebook is expanding its ‘fan subscriptions’ trial to Europe, rolling out the new feature in the UK, Spain, Germany and Portugal. Facebook’s director media partnerships, EMEA, Patrick Walker, announced the move in a blog post published to coincide with the social network’s first Facebook Creator Day in EMEA and this week’s Vidcon London event. At […]

Facebook expects Watch to become ‘more mainstream’ in 2019

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he expects the Watch video platform to become “more mainstream” in 2019, adding that building new experiences is one of the company’s four priorities for the year ahead. Speaking on Facebook’s fourth quarter and full year 2018 results call, Zuckerberg said that 400 million people use Watch every month and […]

Eleven to stream more Bundesliga on Facebook

Eleven Sports is to expand its moves to stream live football on Facebook by making today’s Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Mönchengladbach available live on the social platform in Poland and Portugal. The move is the latest joint initiative by Eleven and the Bundesliga in this area. In January, it streamed a match […]

Facebook Watch claims 400m monthly viewers, outlines plans for 2019

Facebook Watch now has more than 400 million people a month and 75 million people per day watching at least one minute of content on the video platform, according to vice-president of video, Fidji Simo. The Facebook exec announced the stats in a blog post that detailed the company’s video plans for the coming year, revealing that […]

Facebook ‘in talks with TV networks’ about distribution via its apps

Facebook is in talks with premium pay TV networks to distribute their services via its own apps, according to a report by US news site Recode. According to the report, Facebook is in talks with pay TV providers including HBO, Showtime and Starz to sell their services on its app, with viewers accessing the services […]

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