The Best Videos on Facebook Could Be Stolen Property

Facebook has stolen videos for display on its site, alleged Hank Green of VlogBrothers. A whopping 725 of the 1,000 most popular videos on Facebook in Q1 were freebooted — that is, re-uploaded to the social media network without authorization — he said, citing a report from Ogilvy and Tubular Labs. Those 725 videos accounted for about 17 billion views in the quarter, Green noted. The Facebook freebooting issue also has triggered complaints by other content creators. “Welcome to the information age,” remarked tech analyst Jim McGregor.

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