The Live Blog: July 19, 2017

Since rolling out Facebook Live, we’ve seen people and publishers around the world seize the opportunity to share their experiences as they happen, especially during key cultural moments. We’ve been inspired by the creativity we’ve seen, and with this weekly series, we’ll highlight some interesting Facebook Lives from the past week.

Here are 10 standout live videos:
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Next Steps to Addressing Link Preview Modification

By Alex Hardiman, Product Manager, News

We’re always working to limit the spread of false news on Facebook in order to support a more informed community. Last month we shared an update on why we’re removing the ability to modify shared link previews on Facebook. Starting today non-publisher Pages will no longer be able to overwrite link metadata (i.e. headline, description, image) in the Graph API or in Page composer. This will help eliminate a channel that has been abused to post false news. Impacted Pages can still program and preview how their link attachments will appear on Facebook using Open Graph tags and our Sharing Debugger.

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Spotlight on Local News: Using Live 360 To Report on Local Election Results

By Sarah Brown, Strategic Partnerships Manager, News (EMEA)

Local news publishers around the world use Facebook to deepen their relationships with readers by sharing the stories that matter most to their community. For this month’s spotlight, we talked with Karyn Fleeting, the head of audience engagement for Trinity Mirror Regionals in the UK. She walked us through how Trinity Mirror’s regional publications, including the Coventry Telegraph, Stoke Sentinel, Get West London, Birmingham Mail, and more went live in 360 degrees on Facebook to report throughout June 8 as election results trickled in from across the country. She gives some best practices for using this new product, what it offers audiences, and some other ways that the regional publications she oversees utilized Facebook products.

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The Live Blog: July 13, 2017

Since rolling out Facebook Live, we’ve seen people and publishers around the world seize the opportunity to share their experiences as they happen, especially during key cultural moments.

Here are 10 standout live videos:

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The Hill Goes Live and Raises Money During the Congressional Baseball and Softball Games

By Don Seymour, Government & Political Outreach and Julia Smekalina, News Partnerships

The annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity is a long-running DC tradition in which Democratic and Republican members of Congress come together to play against each other to raise money for charity. The Congressional Women’s Softball Game began in 2009 as women members in both parties teamed up to challenge women members of the press corps to raise money for the Young Survival Coalition. This year, the events became an important national moment of resilience and unity after a tragic shooting at a pre-game practice left a member of Congress, staffers and Capitol Police injured or in critical condition.

The Hill, a national politics publication, broadcast live on Facebook with original programming before, during, and after the event, while event organizers used Facebook’s donation products to encourage viewers to participate in the event in new ways and donate to the cause.
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Introducing Facebook Safety for Journalists Resources

By Catherine Cole, Journalism Partnerships, Facebook and Antigone Davis, Head of Global Safety, Facebook

As part of the Facebook Journalism Project‘s goal to provide training and tools for journalists, we are committed to helping journalists stay vigilant about their safety on our platform. Today, we are launching Facebook Safety for Journalists, an initiative that builds upon steps we have taken since the Facebook Journalism Project launched earlier this year.
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Introducing the Justice League effects to the Facebook camera

By Mike Arcuri, PM Camera Effects Platform

With the beta release of AR Studio, innovative entertainment companies have started to bring their characters and worlds to life through “mainstream augmented reality” and the Facebook Camera Effects Platform. Today, we are very excited to announce five new camera effects Warner Bros. has released in support of their new film, Justice League. Try them yourself today by opening the Facebook camera, tapping the magic wand icon to open the camera effects tray, and tapping the “mask” category to view augmented reality masks.
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The Live Blog: June 19, 2017

Since rolling out Facebook Live, we’ve seen people and publishers around the world seize the opportunity to share their experiences as they happen, especially during key cultural moments. We’ve been inspired by the creativity we’ve seen, and with this weekly series, we’ll highlight some interesting Facebook Lives from the past week.

Here are 10 standout live videos:
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Asia Pacific News Literacy Group identifies first round of projects to fund under Facebook Journalism Project

By Campbell Brown, Head of News Partnerships

This week I was honored to join the first meeting of the Asia Pacific News Literacy Group, a part of the Facebook Journalism Project. The group brought together 40 experts from the Asia Pacific’s newsrooms, publishers, education institutions and third-party organizations to discuss and identify initiatives that will help people be more discerning consumers, creators and sharers of media.

The Asia Pacific is home to world’s largest mobile and internet population, and yet has some of the most connected and least connected consumers in the world. As a platform, Facebook wants people to have meaningful conversations, to be informed and to be connected to each other. We care a great deal about creating a healthy news ecosystem and supporting quality journalism, and we know that there is more to do on and off our platform.
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The Comey Testimony: How Publishers Used Video To Cover the Event + Engage Audiences

By Daniel Danker, Director of Product, and Jason White, News Partnerships, Facebook

On June 8, tens of millions of people turned to Facebook to watch and discuss former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee. From broadcasts of the live hearing to recap videos, publishers used video to communicate the moments of the day with audiences in a range of engaging ways. Videos related to the testimony had nearly 8 million comments, reactions, and shares. Those videos received 89 million views by the end of the day.
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