Facebook is going after YouTube by going after video sharers. I post links to YouTube on my Facebook page all the time, and I bet you do, too. Have you seen the weird message that pops up when you do it?
The message comes off as a warning about how the video you're about to post will not be viewed as much as a Facebook-uploaded video because it comes from an off-site source.
But Facebook is claiming that it's not trying to stop you from posting that cute animal compilation video from YouTube, it's just trying to protect you from posting dangerous and stolen material.
"As video continues to grow on Facebook, we’re actively exploring further solutions to help IP owners identify and manage potential infringing content, tailored for our unique platform and ecosystem," an email from a Facebook representative from The Next Web news site said.
The warning appears under the post box and says, "Consider uploading your video directly to Facebook. People are more likely to view native videos and you'll be able to track your success in Page Insights."
I'm sure protecting users has something to do with the rather pointed message (as seen above), but I think a lot of it has to do with Facebook promoting its own video material. Nothing in the blurb says anything along the lines of a violation of copyright laws or repercussions of posting malicious videos.
The more people watch Facebook-uploaded videos, the more likely they are to stay on the social media site and indulge in even more Facebook videos. You can still post videos from almost any site you want, though.
The message that appears under the post box is just to serve as a warning about the video you want to post.
Do you think Facebook has the right to decide what videos you can and cannot post? Let me know by commenting below.