What is Facebook Watch?
While we’re all used to seeing videos in our newsfeed, now Facebook has created a dedicated section called Facebook Watch, devoted exclusively to watching, finding, sharing and commenting on videos.
How do I access Facebook Watch?
On desktop, the Watch tab sits is prominently located on the upper right hand column, just under the News Feed and Messenger buttons. On mobile, it’s found at the bottom navigation bar in the form of a screen with a “play” icon in the center.
What is included in Facebook Watch?
The new platform combines video-sharing and viewing elements inspired from a variety of other networks. Like YouTube, Watch seems to includes something for everyone. There are how-to cooking videos, sports clips, cute animal and react videos, and much more. Uplifting content includes series like “Returning the Favor” highlights people doing something extraordinary for their community, and in turn receiving an extraordinary good deed. Facebook is also investing in original content, much like Netflix. One of its first shows to be announced is the teen-targeted Five Points. The 10-episode drama looks a high school students’ five points of view and is being produced by Kerry Washington.
How does Facebook determine what goes into my Watch feed?
According to Facebook, “Watch is personalized to help you discover new shows, organized around what your friends and communities are watching.” Furthermore, when you’re watching a show, “you can see comments and connect with friends and other viewers while watching, or participate in a dedicated Facebook Group for the show.”
Does Facebook Watch include mature content?
Unfortunately, yes. First, there is the original content made for Facebook. Included are sexually explicit shows such as Madge the Vag, which goes into intricate detail on topics such as oral sex. Then there videos found under the “Today’s Spotlight” section. Selections include “Internet Horror Stories,” another series highly sexual in nature. Most concerning of all is the “search” function that allows users to enter terms like “pornography,” “nudity” and more. While the returns aren’t hardcore, they are without a doubt highly inappropriate for young viewers.
Can I set up parental controls for Facebook Watch?
Unfortunately, no. Unlike YouTube, which allows parents to set up YouTube Restricted Mode to help filter out inappropriate content and block comments, Facebook Watch doesn’t offer any such feature — at least for now.
Who can access Facebook Watch?
Anyone with a Facebook account or access to one. This is especially concerning since research suggests that Facebook is the social media site most likely to attract children under 13. According to one survey, 78% of children under 13 were using at least one social network, despite the age requirement.
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