Facebook is reminding users who access the social network via mobile devices that they have choices when it comes to auto-play videos.
The fall television season is underway, and networks are increasingly turning to Facebook to help promote their new and returning series, with last Thursday’s debut of ABC’s #TGIT (Thank God It’s Thursday) trio of shows — returning series Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, joined by newcomer How to Get Away with Murder — generating 4.5 million interactions on the social network from 2.3 million users.
Facebook continued its ongoing efforts to help media companies and publishers use its platform with Tuesday’s launch of Facebook Media, a new site geared specifically toward public figures, organizations and media companies.
Facebook announced that it has been averaging more than 1 billion video views per day since June, with 65 percent of them on mobile, and brands and users that post videos will now be able to see how much of those 1 billion-plus views they were responsible for, as public videos from users and pages will now display view counts.
Facebook caught a great deal of flak when it introduced auto-play videos into the News Feed late last year, but they appear to be working for brands, as Adobe revealed in its Q1 2014 Social Intelligence Report that engagement with those videos was up 58 percent in the first quarter of 2014 compared with the fourth quarter of 2013, and up 25 percent year-over-year.
The good news keeps coming for Facebook users who are dreading the expansion of advertising, as comments by Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and Chief Financial Officer David Ebersman Tuesday night on not rushing to bring ads to the social network’s Paper iOS application and not increasing the flow of ads in the mobile News Feed were followed by a report by Mashable that video ads may not launch on Facebook until this summer.