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Punjabi among five languages added to Facebook’s paid videos

Updated June 13, 2019

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Facebook said on Wednesday some 720 million people are watching its original video shows, making it a growing part of the social network as it wades into the territory of YouTube and other rivals. — Reuters/File
Facebook said on Wednesday some 720 million people are watching its original video shows, making it a growing part of the social network as it wades into the territory of YouTube and other rivals. — Reuters/File

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook said on Wednesday some 720 million people are watching its original video shows, making it a growing part of the social network as it wades into the territory of YouTube and other rivals.

The social network said ad breaks will now be available in Canada, and that it will be adding support for five more languages — Kannada, Marathi, Punjabi, Swedish and Telugu.

The “Facebook Watch” service has been growing since it was unveiled in 2017, and now includes shows produced by partners such as MTV, CNN and Univision along with others from “creators” like those who make videos for Google-owned YouTube.

Facebook said some 720 million users view at least one minute per month of its videos, and 140 million people use the service daily.

“We are also continuing our strategy of investing in a range of content that encourages conversations and connections,” Facebook said in a statement.

Published in Dawn, June 13th, 2019