How Facebook is Stealing Billions of Video Views

By Casey Chan on at

One of the best video explainers on the Internet, Kurz Gesagt’s In a Nutshell series, goes on the offensive this time and explains why Facebook is so terrible: they’re turning a blind eye toward people who steal videos so they can goose their video view count to hit billions. And actually, they prefer that stolen footage because they support videos using their own video player over that of YouTube videos. Which totally screws over the people who actually make the videos you like to watch.

It’s a pretty interesting watch that speaks on our society as a whole (the viral internet, piracy, copyright, people’s lack of attention, humanity’s dependency on Facebook, etc).

Kurz Gesagt writes:

Facebook just announced 8 billion video views per day. This number is made out of lies, cheating and worst of all: theft. All of this is wildly known but the media giant Facebook is pretending everything is fine, while damaging independent creators in the process. How does this work?