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Facebook to take on YouTube with dedicated video section

by Todd Haselton | October 13, 2015October 13, 2015 1:00 pm PST

Facebook knows that video content is incredibly popular on its social network, and that’s why it’s working on new ways to cater to users who want new video options, and dedicated places to watch video. The company on Tuesday outlined several improvements it’s currently testing.

One test appears to be Facebook’s attempt to take on YouTube with a dedicated area of its mobile application where users can browse video content, free from any other Facebook features. That means users will see videos published by friends, pages, videos they have saved to view later (another new feature in testing) and recommended videos.¬†Facebook said other tests include a new way for users to continue watching a video in a pop-up window while they’re doing other things on the social network.

The new features are being tested on iPhone and the Web first, and Facebook said that most iPhone users around the globe can already try the new dedicated video area by “tapping a “Videos” icon at the bottom of the Facebook app.” Android support is expected in the “coming months.”

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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