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Facebook Videos Ruining News Feeds
By: Jessica Cherok
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If you’ve used Facebook in the last couple of weeks, you surely have also said something along the lines of “Make it stop!” Facebook’s new push for videos is perhaps the most obnoxious thing since the last obnoxious thing Facebook debuted in the News Feed.

According to Facebook, we’re now seeing double the videos we saw earlier this year. Yes, we’re seeing them because Facebook is forcing us to see them. The cursed auto-play makes sure of it. Now we can’t help but see these videos, and Facebook is acting like that’s the same thing as willful engagement.

It’s not.

Suddenly our pages are being flooded with tons of videos, and worse — if you pause for mere seconds on one video, Facebook takes that to mean that you want to see more videos. Unfortunately, it’s hard to tell if it’s a video or a picture in the first few seconds before the image starts moving.

The constant barrage of auto-playing videos covering the News Feed is enough to make you want to avoid perusing Facebook at all. But Facebook isn’t likely to back down from video content. The social media giant is trying to unseat Google from its position on top of video content.

So remember — scroll fast. No stops!

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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