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Facebook has a movie piracy problem, but it can’t (or won’t) do anything about it

Postby MrFredPFL » Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:13 pm

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Facebook has a movie piracy problem, according to a new report from Business Insider. The report found that there are multiple groups on the social media site — some with tens of thousands of members — that share illegally obtained copies of films.

Most of the groups aren’t particularly subtle or well-hidden, either. These aren’t private clubs where membership is only given to a select, vetted group of friends. In fact, according to Business Insider’s report, most of them are public-facing groups with titles like “Full HD English Movie” and “Free full movies 2018.” (They can be found by simply searching Facebook for “free movies.”) Many of the groups are also years old, going back to as early as 2016 in some cases.

It’s not that the groups are just linking to illegal content that’s hosted on other sites or offering links to download the movies on the groups (which would be problematic enough on its own). But it seems that many of the piracy groups are actively hosting the full uploaded movies on Facebook’s platform, including copies of popular films like The Greatest Showman, Transformers: The Last Knight, and even blurry, recorded copies of Ant-Man and The Wasp.

None of this is new to the internet. Movie piracy groups and forums have been around practically as long as the high-speed connections that are needed to download or stream them. But the bigger issue seems to be that Facebook can’t (or won’t) do anything about them. The company told Business Insider that unless the content rights holder reaches out, it’s not Facebook’s responsibility to take the content down.

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