YouTube star accuses Facebook of cheating to boost video numbers
Hank Green says social network’s attempts to boost video views are ‘based on lies, cheating and theft’
+Hank Green, one half of the epic +vlogbrothers YouTube channel, host of the awesome +SciShow, and brother to the now slightly larger than life +John Green (The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, etc) has flat out called out the social network for "lying, cheating and stealing" in order to establish itself as the world's biggest video website. It's true! If you go to paste a YouTube link for some people it even asks you to instead upload it directly to Facebook. Why? So they can take the views. Sadly, this strips content creators of their revenue streams and Facebook has NO METHOD for them to claim infringement.
The best part of his comments, "It’s a little inexcusable that Facebook, a company with a market cap of $260 BILLION, launched their video platform with no system to protect independent rights holders," Green wrote. "It wouldn’t be surprising if Facebook was working on a solution now which they can roll out conveniently after having made their initial claims at being the biggest, most important thing in video." Yup.
Jason Honingford says
Breaking News: HTTP requests can come from unmanned computers!
West Kagle says
If Façadebook is committing copyright infringement on such a large scale, and openly encouraging it from their users, why isn't there legal repercussions from the justice department?
I put a 70 year old documentary film from the United States National Archives on YouTube that has 30 seconds of 'lili marlene' in it, and it gets flagged. Façadebook commits industrial copyright infringement at the behest of it's management, and no one bats an eye. ¬_¬
Paul Spoerry says
It took YouTube a while to deal with this… then again they were young and brand new and as Green accurately points out, "It’s a little inexcusable that Facebook, a company with a market cap of $260 BILLION, launched their video platform with no system to protect independent rights holders…"
How they're getting away with it… I have no idea.
West Kagle says
Maybe some of that $260 Billion has been finding it's way into the pockets of a few key individuals? Nothing greases the wheels of corruption like a fist full of yen.
……and yes, that was a reference to Kentucky Fried Movie (I love that film).