aNew York, August 5: Facebook has been accused of “encouraging intellectual property theft” by YouTube star Hank Green in a blog post recently, and he has stats to cite to corroborate his allegations. For instance, a report from ad agency Ogilvy and Tubular has found that over 70 percent of Facebook’s top-performing posts came from other sources like YouTube. Venting out his resentment on the topic of “free-booting”, Green — a YouTube creator who creates quirky videos for a number of channels — outlined why he believed Facebook’s video practices were unethical, TechCrunch reported. Green said that if those users had embedded the YouTube videos on Facebook, this would not be an issue. Instead, these are videos that have been taken from other sites and uploaded to Facebook’s tive player, giving that Facebook page the credit rather than the rightful copyright holder. Facebook’s algorithm favours videos that are uploaded tively - a set-up that Green said encourages intellectual property theft. His argument centred on three points, mely that Facebook was routinely cheating, lying and stealing to maintain its upper hand in the online video streaming world, tactics that have led them to reportedly surpass YouTube and become the largest video-streaming service on the web. “They lie.” Autoplay ads can make stats on how many views your video got pretty inflated, Green asserted. (IANS)
Facebook encouraging intellectual property theft?