The Live Blog: May 9, 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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Spotlight on Local News: May 9, 2017

By Josh Mabry, News Partnerships

Local news publishers across the country use Facebook to deepen their relationships with readers by sharing the stories that matter most to their community. We looked at some top videos from the past month covering the start of baseball season, the New Orleans Jazz Fest, the Boston Marathon, and more.

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The Live Blog: May 1, 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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Improvements to Rights Manager

By Xiaoyin Qu, Product Manager

We launched Rights Manager a year ago to help rights owners manage and protect their video content at scale. Since then we’ve listened to feedback from our partners as we’ve continued to improve the tool, and we’ve consistently heard that rights owners would like greater automation and control in Rights Manager. Today we’re announcing new automated rules for Rights Manager that will better support rights owners’ business objectives.

With Rights Manager, rights owners can find matches of their video content on Facebook; these matches are surfaced on a dashboard. Previously, the rights owner would review these matches in the dashboard to take action. To help make management more efficient for rights owners, we’re now enabling them to automate more of the process, and providing more options for what happens to matched content. This means that the rights owner can decide to set an action to happen automatically when a match of their content is found on Facebook, simplifying the process.

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Delivering Training and Support to Local Newsrooms

By Josh Mabry and Dorrine Mendoza, News Partnerships

We regularly visit newsrooms to learn and share, and host journalists from around the world to discuss best practices so that they’re able to discover information on our platform, distribute stories on Facebook, and build and grow audiences around their reporting, as highlighted in the Facebook Journalism Project announcement earlier this year. Today we are excited to announce that a number of local and non-profit news organizations will have an opportunity to participate in a pilot project that delivers Facebook training and support through a partnership with the Knight Foundation. The goal is to help these newsrooms use Facebook to inform and engage their local communities through local networks established with the Knight Foundation, The Lenfest Institute for Journalism, Detroit Journalism Cooperative, and Montclair State University’s Center for Cooperative Media.

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The Live Blog: April 26, 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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F8 Media Roundup

By Nick Grudin, VP Media Partnerships

This week at F8, our global developer conference, we announced several updates for developers that may also be of interest to you.

Camera Effects Platform and Effects for Facebook Live
The Camera Effects Platform includes a suite of open creative tools to give our community of artists and developers the power to create a full spectrum of camera effects, from simple photo frames to interactive effects and masks using the latest in augmented reality (AR). Artists and developers who want to create effects can use the platform to experiment and distribute their effects to their friends and community through the Facebook Camera.

Our partners can also develop effects that work in Facebook Live, empowering them to create even more customized, interactive broadcasts. With AR Studio, developers will be able to design effects that respond to what’s happening in a Live broadcast in real time, such as concurrent viewer count and comments. For media organizations and publishers, these kinds of effects can provide more opportunity for direct, immediate engagement with viewers. For the audience, effects in Live can take participation to a new level, as individual comments and reactions influence what happens during the broadcast.

Two effects are available now in Facebook Live for profiles: This or That and GIPHY Live. Both of these effects are powered by AR Studio and are designed to respond directly to what’s happening live. Learn more here and sign up for the beta program here.

Messenger Platform 2.0: Build richer bot experiences and get discovered
We introduced Messenger Platform 2.0, a new suite of tools that give you the ability to build richer experiences, get discovered, and extend the conversational, visual and social capabilities of your bots. This includes Discover, a new surface to help people intuitively browse and find the best bots, places and businesses in Messenger. We also introduced Chat Extensions, offering the ability for you to invite bots into your conversation with friends. So far, theScore, Wall Street Journal, Food Network, NBA and ABC News Australia has a live Chat Extension experience and we expect more media partners very soon! Read more here.

If you’d like to learn more, you can find content from the event — like the keynotes, panels and presentations here.

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The Live Blog: April 18, 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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Spotlight on Local News: March Madness

By Josh Mabry, News Partnerships

Local news publishers across the country use Facebook to deepen their relationships with readers by sharing the stories that matter most to their community. This month, we highlight how local outlets covered the men’s and women’s NCAA Final Four tournament.

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The Live Blog: April 11, 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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