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Facebook's new Watch Party video-streaming feature is wildly popular with pirates, who use it to run illicit movie marathons

Postby MrFredPFL » Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:28 pm

Story : https://www.businessinsider.in/Facebooks-new-Watch-Party-video-streaming-feature





Facebook's new video-streaming feature, Watch Party, is a big hit, bringing together users from across the globe. There's just one problem: Some are using it in ways that Facebook didn't intend, and that are almost certainly illegal.

Launched to all users in November, Watch Party lets users "host" video-watching events with friends and others on the site, letting them watch simultaneously and comment or react in real time to what's on the screen.

But it has also proved hugely popular with pirates, Business Insider found, with users flocking to the feature to broadcast copyrighted movies and TV shows to strangers across Facebook.

We found that illicit watch parties were a frequent occurrence on the social network, broadcasting a range of media, from relatively recent hits like "Her" to cinematic classics like "Mean Girls" and vintage TV shows like the original "Twilight Zone."







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