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Facebook ‘overtakes YouTube for PC video views’ (but still lags on mobile)

Facebook has reportedly passed YouTube for monthly video views on desktop for the first time, delivered nearly a billion more than YouTube August, as the social networks ‘autoplaying’ video format looks to be paying off.

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The claims were made in an interview with Beet.tv by comScore’s co-founder and executive chairman Emeritus Gian Fulgoni.

Fulgoni commented that the numbers are “pretty amazing,” while noting Facebook’s auto-play advantage over YouTube’s user initiated engagement.

“While there’s reach advantage for auto-play, there’s an issue as to whether you’re getting good engagement. You’re getting good engagement from user-initiated (video on YouTube) by definition,” he said.

In September, Facebook announced it was generating more than a billion video views daily. The steep climb in Facebook’s video numbers is the result of the site adjusting its newsfeed algorithm in June, serving up more relevant video content to users that were more likely to watch a video.

Sean Mills, president of the mobile news operation NowThisNews claimed his company has seen a significant increase in video views on Facebook since the newsfeed update.

“Our growth in monthly Facebook video views has increased by 30X since July, and we’re seeing tens of millions of views on Facebook each month,” Mills told Beet.tv.

According to comScore’s Video Metrix report, Facebook still trails Google sites when it comes to video views across total devices.

You can watch Beet.tv’s interview with Fulgoni here:


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