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Facebook Watch, the social media giant’s video-on-demand service is now available globally while the company is also expanding its Ad Breaks program so more partners can make money from their videos.

Facebook announced that the new features are aimed at giving people around the world a new way to discover great videos and interact with friends, content creators, and other fans.

According to its management, taking Facebook Watch global also means new opportunities for creators and publishers around the world.

Facebook Watch enables users to discover new videos spanning entertainment, sports, news and more in a personalized Watch feed, catch up with creators and publishers they love by keeping a watchlist, or a collection of recent videos from Pages they follow, save videos to watch later in Watch as well as participate in videos.

A statement from Facebook reads: “Over time you’ll be able to find new video experiences in your Watch feed, like watch parties, premieres, and videos focused on audience participation — like the new trivia game show, Confetti. And we’ll make it easier to find live videos so you can discuss the big moments as they’re happening.”

The service was launched in the US a year ago to give people a place on Facebook to find shows and video creators they love and to start conversations with friends, other fans, and even creators themselves. Over the past year, Facebook has made the experience more social by making it easier for people to see which videos their friends have liked or shared, creating shows that have audience participation at their core, and opening Watch to videos from Pages.

“These updates have helped people discover and engage more deeply with videos they love — from Red Table Talk with Jada Pinkett Smith, to beauty mogul Huda Kattan’s behind-the-scenes show Huda Boss, to live Major League Baseball games. Every month, more than 50 million people in the US come to watch videos for at least a minute in Watch — and total time spent watching videos in Watch has increased by 14x since the start of 2018. We’re excited to bring Watch to everyone around the world and invite you to join in the action in our new video destination,” the statement adds.

To access Watch on iOS and Android, users are urged to look for the Watch icon in their shortcuts bar or the “More” bookmark. Watch is also available on Apple TV, Samsung Smart TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Xbox One, and Oculus TV.

Meanwhile, the company’s Ad Breaks service, which is designed to allow companies monetize their content, will roll out in the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand today, August 30, and launch in another 21 countries including France, Germany, Spain and across Latin America and Asia on September 21.

FacebookAs part of its security measure to constantly enhance quality and trust in the system, Facebook, has launched its Data Abuse Bounty as a reward to people who report any misuse of data by app developers.

This is coming in the wake of data breach allegations leveled against the Social Media platform.

Facebook committed to launching this program a few weeks ago is part of its efforts to quickly uncover potential abuse of people’s information. The Data Abuse Bounty, inspired by the existing bug bounty program which Facebook uses to uncover and address security issues, will help the company identify violations of its policies.

This program will reward people with first-hand knowledge and proof of cases where a Facebook platform app collects and transfers people’s data to another party to be sold, stolen or used for scams or political influence. Just like the bug bounty program, Facebook will reward based on the impact of each report. While there is no maximum, high impact bug reports have garnered as much as $40,000 for people who bring them to Facebook’s attention.

Explaining the process, Head of Product Security, Facebook, Collin Greene said: “We’ll review all legitimate reports and respond as quickly as possible when we identify a credible threat to people’s information. If we confirm data abuse, we will shut down the offending app and take legal action against the company selling or buying the data, if necessary. We’ll pay the person who reported the issue, and we’ll also alert those we believe to be affected.”

While soliciting information regarding data abuse on the platform, Facebook noted that the Data Abuse Bounty is the first of its kind which will enhance as Facebook learns and gets feedback from its users. It implored its users to visit the report portal on facebook.com/data-abuse.

Facebook had over the past weeks raised its security ante over recent privacy breach and incursion into politicking. Some of the actions taken by the platform include, creating privacy shortcuts, restricting App access, tight leash on Political & Issue Ads and instituting an Election Commission to conduct an independent of Facebook roles in elections.

Founded in 2004, Facebook states that its mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. The platform says it has over 2.07 billion monthly active users and 1.37 billion daily active users on average worldwide and 10 million daily users and 22 million monthly active users from Nigeria.

thumbnail-FacebookFacebook has announced that changes are being made to the way Ads and Pages are managed on its platform and on Instagram. These changes are designed to increase transparency and accountability as well as prevent election interference.

A statement release by the company’s Vice President, Ads, Rob Goldman, and Vice President, Local & Pages, Alex Himel, states: “We believe that when you visit a Page or see an ad on Facebook it should be clear who it’s coming from. We also think it’s important for people to be able to see the other ads a Page is running, even if they’re not directed at you.”

“That’s why we’re announcing important changes to the way we manage ads and Pages on Facebook as well as Instagram. These are designed to increase transparency and accountability, as well as prevent election interference,” they said.

As part of Facebook’s means of increasing transparency and accountability for electoral and issue ads, last October, the platform announced that only authorized advertisers will be able to run electoral ads on Facebook or Instagram. And today, the company is extending that requirement to anyone that wants to show “issue ads” — like political topics that are being debated across the country. Facebook is working with third parties to develop a list of key issues, which the company will refine over time. To get authorized by Facebook, advertisers will need to confirm their identity and location. Advertisers will be prohibited from running political ads, electoral or issue-based, until they are authorized.

In addition, these ads will be clearly labeled in the top left corner as “Political Ad.” Next to it Facebook will show “paid for by” information. The company started testing the authorization process this week, and people will begin seeing the label and additional information in the US later this spring.

Facebook is also investing in artificial intelligence and adding more people to help find advertisers that should have gone through the authorization process but did not. The company realized it won’t catch every ad that should be labeled, and it encourages anyone who sees an unlabeled political ad to report it. People can do this by tapping the three dots at the top right corner of the ad and selecting “Report Ad.”

In Canada, Facebook has been testing a new feature called view ads that lets you see the ads a Page is running — even if they are not in your News Feed. This applies to all advertiser Pages on Facebook — not just Pages running political ads. The company plans to launch view ads globally in June.

In June Facebook also plans to release a public, searchable political ads archive. This will contain all ads with the “Political Ad” label, and will show the image and text, as well as additional information like the amount spent and demographic audience information for each ad.

Today, Facebook is also announcing that people who manage Pages with large numbers of followers will need to be verified. Those who manage large Pages that do not clear the process will no longer be able to post. This will make it much harder for people to administer a Page using a fake account, which is strictly against our policies. Facebook will also show you additional context about Pages to effectively assess their content. For example, you can see whether a Page has changed its name.

In a release, the company states that it is aware it was slow to pick-up foreign interference in the 2016 US elections. Today’s updates are designed to prevent future abuse in elections — and to help ensure users have the information they need to assess political and issue ads, as well as content on Pages. By increasing transparency around ads and Pages on Facebook, Facebook can increase accountability for advertisers and improving its service for users.

 

thumbnail'-SmartcityAs cities across the Middle East & Africa region are implementing digital transformation initiatives within urban ecosystems in order to facilitate a broad range of environmental, financial, and social outcomes, spending on the technology that drives Smart City Initiative is expected to gross $2.30 billion by 2021.

This prediction came from latest research insights from the International Data Corporation (IDC).

In the first release of its Worldwide Semiannual Smart Cities Spending Guide, the global technology research and consulting firm provides a detailed look at the technology investments associated with a range of Smart Cities priorities and use cases. IDC further forecasts that spending in the region will reach $1.26 Billion in 2018.

The worldwide market for technologies enabling Smart Cities is expected to grow at a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.6 percent over the 2016-2021 period, and MEA is one of the regions that will see the fastest spending growth, with a CAGR of 21.2 percent.

In IDC’s analysis, a Smart City begins to be developed when multiple smart initiatives are coordinated to leverage technology investments across an entire city, use common platforms to decrease service time/maintenance costs, share data across systems, and tie IT investments, clearly to smart missions. Smart City programs are enabled by 3rd Platform technologies, and emerging technologies are accelerated in the city ecosystem to deliver innovative solutions in very specific areas.

The strategic priorities in MEA that IDC believes will see the most spending in 2018 are sustainable planning and administration and intelligent transportation. Intelligent traffic and transit, digital permitting, licensing and inspections, and Smart Cities platforms will be the region’s largest use cases in terms of spending in 2018, followed by in-car camera systems, smart kiosks, and fixed visual surveillance.

Speaking on the forecast, Vice President of IDC Government Insights and Smart Cities programs, Ruthbea Yesner said: “IDC employs a truly innovative approach to sizing the global Smart City market by identifying 41 key use cases that will have the most impact on local government over the next three years, and sizing and forecasting their growth. This approach provides technology suppliers with a detailed look at the opportunity that exists within cities and offers a view into niche areas as well as broad market solutions.”

Also, while noting that the year 2017 could be considered as the coming-of-age year for Smart Cities in the region, Program Manager, IDC MEA, Jebin George said the concept is being widely discussed and adopted in the region; “Early success stories are starting to emerge, almost all greenfield developments are incorporating smart technologies by default, and nations are developing a common vision around the Smart City concept. The region is now getting into an exciting phase of the Smart City journey, characterized by wider adoption and faster growth.”

IDC’s Worldwide Semiannual Smart Cities Spending Guide quantifies the expected technology opportunity around Smart City initiatives from a region and worldwide level. Spending data is available for nine regions with a focus on 15 use cases across five strategic priorities, as well as the overall Smart Cities market size. The spending guide is designed to provide IT vendors with insights into this rapidly growing market and how the market will develop over the five-year forecast period.

For the Middle East, Africa region, IDC retains a coordinated network of offices in Riyadh, Nairobi, Lagos, Johannesburg and Cairo, with a regional center in Dubai.

 

L - R: Facebook’s SMB Sales Manager, Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Abi Williams; Public Policy Programs Manager Facebook, EMEA, Sherry Dzinoreva and Co-founder, She Leads Africa, Afua Osei, at the first Sub-Saharan African launch of #SheMeansBusiness in Lagos, Nigeria
*L – R: Facebook’s SMB Sales Manager, Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Abi Williams; Public Policy Programs Manager Facebook, EMEA, Sherry Dzinoreva and Co-founder, She Leads Africa, Afua Osei, at the first Sub-Saharan African launch of #SheMeansBusiness in Lagos, Nigeria

It is estimated that up to 51 percent of business start-ups by women are at the risk of closing down within the first two years due to challenges inherent in the market space. This however could be avoided by encouraging women to utilize online tools to grow their businesses.

Speaking at a recently launched forum by Facebook tagged #SheMeansBusiness, Facebook’s Small & Medium Business (SMB) Sales Manager, Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA), Abi Williams disclosed that this formed the basis for the birthing of the initiative that is designed to inspire and train female entrepreneurs across the country to build, grow and start their own businesses.

She further cited a recent study conducted by Development Economics on behalf of Facebook in 2017, stating that businesses set up by women in Nigeria over the next five years, hold the key to unlocking N19.7 billion for the economy, with the opportunity of creating a further 8.9 million additional jobs.

Buttressing on this, Facebook Public Policy Director for Africa, Ebele Okobi, emphasized on the role of women in entrepreneurial growth in the Nigerian economy. “We know that when women do better, economies do better. The study conducted by Development Economics further highlights this, with research suggesting that an estimated 7 million new businesses could be set up by women in Nigeria by 2021, placing a greater importance on the role of women’s entrepreneurial ambitions for overall economic and social development in the country.”

Partnering with She Leads Africa (SLA), #SheMeansBusiness Nigeria is the first to launch in Sub-Saharan Africa and will bring together thousands of female entrepreneurs in a series of day workshops and training sessions across six cities in Nigeria, including Lagos, Kaduna, Port Harcourt, Ibadan, Abuja and Aba. With applications opened on March 27, 2018 at sheleadsafrica.org/shemeansbusiness, training sessions will then be followed by post-training clinics aimed at re-engaging, advising and mentoring participants.

As part of the launch, a dedicated #SheMeansBusiness website has also been developed and features inspiring stories from female trailblazers who are following their dreams. These are the entrepreneurs who are redefining what’s possible for women in business in Nigeria – inspiring those who might one day become new entrepreneurs themselves.

It also contains free tools and resources, which include Apps and online courses to give more women across Nigeria the tools, support and practical advice they need to grow their businesses.

The site further grants access and information to a link of communities who can help advise and direct on setting and achieving business goals.

Commenting on the partnership and trainings Co-Founder of She Leads Africa, Afua Osei, added: “We’re excited to continue our partnership with Facebook to expand access to the digital skills necessary to move African businesses forward. We know that with the right tools and support, African women can compete on a global level and we look forward to taking these critical digital tools to entrepreneurs all across Nigeria.”

Expressing her enthusiasm in the ability of women in Nigeria, Abi Williams further stated: “In Nigeria, women form the backbone of a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem, with the number of new women-owned small business Pages on Facebook increasing by 319 percent between 2016 and 2017. #SheMeansBusiness aims to empower personal business ambitions and create opportunities for would-be entrepreneurs in Nigeria to meet and learn from others.”

According to Facebook’s Public Policy Programs Manager, EMEA, Sherry Dzinoreva, #SheMeansBusiness brings to the table, connection , inspiration and ideas. “It is all about creating opportunities for women who are running their own businesses and partnering with SLA to train other women who want to start their own businesses.”

During a panel discussion at the launch of the initiative, some of the women that own their SMBs shared their experiences. Those that formed the panelists included Founder, Mamalette, maternal in infant health educator, Anike Lawal; CEO/Founder, Fashpa, an online fashion outfit, Honey Ogundeyi and Founder, Naphtali Party Rentals, Bella Adeniran.

Some of the SMB challenges highlighted include funding, not being sure of how and where to start and not being fully prepared for the ensuing task of building the business.

However, participants shared the needs that drove them into setting out, and attributed it to desire to make money; desire to create jobs for others and need for flexibility to attend to other needs at home.

 

thumbnailFollowing reports on the breach of data contract between Facebook and Kogan, which involved unpermitted sharing of subscribers’ data with Cambridge Analytica, Founder of the social media platform, Mark Zuckerberg has accepted responsibility over the lapse and has further set up modalities that will prevent such occurrence in the future.

Speaking on the issue, Zuckerberg said: “We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you. I’ve been working to understand exactly what happened and how to make sure this doesn’t happen again. The good news is that the most important actions to prevent this from happening again today we have already taken years ago. But we also made mistakes, there’s more to do, and we need to step up and do it… at the end of the day I’m responsible for what happens on our platform.”

He explained that in 2014, to prevent abusive apps, Facebook announced the change of the entire platform to dramatically limit the data apps could access. Most importantly, apps like Aleksandr Kogan’s personality quiz app could no longer ask for data about a person’s friends unless their friends had also authorized the app. We also required developers to get approval from us before they could request any sensitive data from people. These actions would prevent any app like Kogan’s from being able to access so much data today.

Prior to the announcement, in 2013, a Cambridge University researcher named Aleksandr Kogan created a personality quiz app which was installed by about 300,000 people who shared their data as well as some of their friends’ data. “Given the way our platform worked at the time this meant Kogan was able to access tens of millions of their friends’ data,” Zuckerberg explained.

He continues: “In 2015, we learned from journalists at The Guardian that Kogan had shared data from his app with Cambridge Analytica. It is against our policies for developers to share data without people’s consent, so we immediately banned Kogan’s app from our platform, and demanded that Kogan and Cambridge Analytica formally certify that they had deleted all improperly acquired data. They provided these certifications.” However, it was recently learnt that Cambridge Analytica did not expunge the data which was a breach of trust between the companies, bringing about the placement of ban on the research firm. “This was a breach of trust between Kogan, Cambridge Analytica and Facebook. But it was also a breach of trust between Facebook and the people who share their data with us and expect us to protect it. We need to fix that.”

Zuckerberg however assured that Facebook, despite haven taken the most important step by dramatically reducing data access in 2014, will take further steps to ensure the security of users’ data.

These steps he said include:

Investigating all apps that had access to large amounts of information before the Platform was changed in 2014, and conducting of full audit of any app with suspicious activity. “We will ban any developer from our platform that does not agree to a thorough audit. And if we find developers that misused personally identifiable information, we will ban them and tell everyone affected by those apps. That includes people whose data Kogan misused here as well.”

 

Restriction of developers’ data access even further to prevent other kinds of abuse. “For example, we will remove developers’ access to your data if you haven’t used their app in 3 months. We will reduce the data you give an app when you sign in — to only your name, profile photo, and email address. We’ll require developers to not only get approval but also sign a contract in order to ask anyone for access to their posts or other private data.”

Sensitization of users on permitted app access to individual data. “In the next month, we will show everyone a tool at the top of your News Feed with the apps you’ve used and an easy way to revoke those apps’ permissions to your data. We already have a tool to do this in your privacy settings, and now we will put this tool at the top of your News Feed to make sure everyone sees it.”

While applauding the move to address the situation, many respondents noted that the social media guru should do more especially in the area of wider publicity and engaging the press, which Zuckerberg said has already started.

According to social analyst, David Kirkpatrick: “It’s good you’ve written something, but taking questions from the press in person would begin – just begin – to rebuild the toxic decline in trust this incident and all the other recent data lapses have engendered. In my opinion you should not hide behind a Facebook post when you lead a company with the data of 2.2 billion people that many of us now fear is jeopardizing democracy at a global scale. It’s sad to have to write it this way, but so it is.”

Facebook is an American online social media and social networking service company based in California. Its website was launched on February 4, 2004, by Mark Zuckerberg, along with fellow Harvard College students and roommates, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes.

The founders initially limited the website’s membership to Harvard students; later they expanded it to higher education institutions in the Boston area, the Ivy League schools, and Stanford University. Facebook gradually added support for students at various other universities, and eventually to high school students. Since 2006, it has been open globally to legally eligible individuals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newsbyte FB FATEYoung entrepreneurs from seven cities across Nigeria will participate in a four-week boot camp hosted by Facebook in partnership with FATE Foundation as part of the Aspiring Entrepreneurs Digital (AED) Program.

Participants at the 2018 edition of the AED will learn the fundamentals of digital marketing for business coupled with key entrepreneurship skills designed to improve their businesses.

The trainings, which are aimed at helping to develop and nurture communities, including small businesses, the tech and start-up ecosystem, youths and creatives in Nigeria, is open to participants between the ages of 18-35 years.

Selected participants will attend the four-week program which will be held in Abuja, Ibadan, Port Harcourt, Lagos, Calabar, Kaduna and Enugu between March 12 and November 2, 2018.

According to Facebook Public Policy Director for Africa, Ebele Okobi, the initiative will be a tool to shape entrepreneurs and future business leaders to promote innovation, job readiness and digital literacy in order to ensure that Facebook has a positive impact on Nigeria’s economy and society. “At Facebook, our mission is clear: to give people the power to build communities and bring the world closer.”

The program will be broken into streams in the form of practical workshops and learning sessions, which will run four times a week, Mondays to Thursdays, over a four-week period, all with a strong digital marketing component in the curriculum.

Lectures will cover Business Model Canvas, Business Plan Development, Budgeting, Financial Management and Reporting, Marketing and Pricing Strategies, People Management, Raising Financing, Business Pitching, and Digital Marketing which includes using Facebook Business Tools.

Commenting on the partnership Executive Director, FATE Foundation, Adenike Adeyemi, said the firm believes programmes like these are vital to building and developing the skills of the next generation of entrepreneurs in Nigeria. “At the heart of what we do is harnessing the already strong entrepreneurial culture of Nigerians, whilst providing the knowledge and support required to fully explore their innovative potential, and we look forward to working with Facebook to help achieve this.”

Graduates will also have an opportunity to receive mentorship from Fate Foundation for a year, along with other program incentives.  Interested participants are to register on FATE Foundation website.

 

 

 

To further encourage leaders and strengthen its Community Leadership Programme, Facebook has instituted a $10 million grant to leaders and “tens of millions of dollars” to the programme globally.

thumbnailThe Facebook Community Leadership Program is a global initiative that invests in people building communities within Facebook, using the social media tools.

The Programme is designed to empower leaders from around the world who are building communities through the Facebook family of apps and services.

Making this announcement at the Facebook Communities Summit held in Europe over the weekend, Head of Groups and Community, Jennifer Dulski noted that Community leaders often tell Facebook that with additional support they could have more impact.  And the new grant presents a good opportunity to do more.

To this effect, the $10 million in grants will go directly to people creating and leading communities.

In addition, Facebook introduced new tools for group admins and the expansion of the company’s London-based engineering team that builds technology to help keep people safe on Facebook.

Other incentives for the programme include Residency and Fellowship opportunities offer, training, support and funding for community leaders from around the world.

According to Facebook’s Vice President, Product Partnerships, Ime Archibong, up to five leaders will be selected to be Community Leaders in residence and awarded up to $1,000,000 (One Million Dollars) each to fund their proposals.

Up to 100 leaders will be selected for Facebook’s fellowship program and will receive up to $50,000 (fifty thousand dollars) each to be used for a specific community initiative.

Community Leadership Circles bring local community leaders together to meet up in person to connect, learn, and collaborate. Facebook piloted three circles in the US in 2017 and will be expanding globally this year.

“Groups for Facebook Power Admins, which Facebook currently runs with more than 10,000 group admins in the US and UK, are expanding to more members to help them share advice with one another and connect with our team to test new features and share feedback,” he stated.

Facebook has opened applications opportunities for the residency and fellowship programme.

Facebook recently added new tools to help Group Admins to keep their communities safe, organized and engaged. The four new features to support them are Admin tools which now centralizes member requests, Group Insights and more for the Admin in one place, making it easier to manage groups and freeing up more time for admins to connect with members.

Also Group announcements, which helps Group Admins to share updates, and post up to 10 announcements that appear at the top of their group; and Group rules were introduced. Finally, Personalization which allows each community to have its own identity ensures uniqueness to different communities.

“People find meaning and support in community, online and in person. The programs and tools Facebook announced today are designed to help the admins who lead these communities to grow and strengthen bonds among members. The platform is inspired by these leaders and look forward to continuing its efforts to support them,” Archibong assured.

 

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Facebook is shutting down its text-based virtual assistant called ‘M’ that helped researchers train an Artificial Intelligence (AI) system.

Facebook recently confirmed that the beta version Facebook M will be discontinued on January 19, though some features that the program inspired, including M suggestions, will continue.

In the last couple of years, Facebook has really pushed to take its Messenger app to the next level with chat bots and experiments like M, but adoption has been slow. M was only ever available to about 2,000 people in California, according to agency reports. Overall, it seems like Facebook concluded it wasn’t as efficient or appealing as it had hoped.

M is Facebook’s version of a virtual assistant, but mixed human operators with artificial intelligence in order to continually train the system. Facebook is discontinuing that human element — which was only available to around 2,000 people — and is offering staff other positions within the company. M Trainers worked alongside the software to assist the chatbot, which is able to handle tasks like booking an Uber or making dinner reservations.

As virtual assistants like Alexa, Siri, and Cortana grow in both popularity and features, the full Facebook M isn’t going to ever make it out of beta. Facebook M took a different approach by mixing A.I. and staff. What Facebook is keeping from the so-called experiment is M’s approach to making suggestions inside chats, with shortcuts for heading to your calendar when chatting weekend plans with a friend or a one-tap phone call when suggesting moving the conversation offline. The chatbot feature later expanded to also suggest GIFs and even some common responses.

Launched in 2015, the beta project eventually spawned widely available features like the M suggestions. While participants in the beta program could start up a chat with M directly, M suggestions are integrated into existing conversations. When chatting in Messenger, the M suggestions tool looks for keywords and then will offer related suggestions like “make a plan” or “request a ride.” While the original beta is closing, M suggestions are sticking around, according to the company.

At the launch, the company was hoping M would become a go-to for information. Facebook didn’t comment on why the beta Facebook M is shutting down after more than two years.

thumbnailFacebook has announced its 2017 Year in Review, highlighting the most powerful ways people came together on Facebook to support one another. The social media platform also says it is creating a personalized video Year In Review for individual accounts on their News Feed. This video includes moments from this past year that was shared by individuals or where they have been tagged in; and compiles them in a short video that can be edited and shared. Video access can be done by visiting facebook.com/yearinreview.

According to a release from Facebook, the top moments of this year’s Year In Review were determined by gathering a list of the top keywords by volume mentioned in a single day on Facebook between January 1st and November 1st, 2017. To identify which topics were unique to 2017, Facebook compared these keywords to the previous year’s maximum single-day volume.

This means that keywords such as Mother’s Day and Halloween, which typically represent the top moments every year, do not repeatedly appear at the top of the list.

According to Facebook, these are highlights of the most powerful ways people came together on Facebook to support one another:

First, people came together to react and talk about important moments and events that happened around the world.  According to Facebook, the top three moments that people discussed globally in 2017 were the International Women’s Day, which was the No. 1 most talked about moment in 2017, doubling from last year, with people around the world talking, sharing and posting in celebration of women and related issues. Others were the American Super Bowl 51 with more than 262 million views of Super Bowl-related videos and the Las Vegas Violence, which tragic incident drove conversation around the world, and in turn motivated more than 3,300 people to offer help to their community through the Facebook Crisis Response tools.

Also, latching on the platform, people came together to support one another in times of crisis. 2017 was a difficult year with natural disasters and violence around the world, but it was inspiring to see people help each other when they needed it most. The top three moments where people came to each other’s aid on Facebook were the late September earthquake in Mexico which drove the highest number of total interactions within Crisis Response on Facebook of the year, with millions of people marking themselves safe, offering help to their communities or donating to the cause; the Hurricane Harvey in late August, where the community rallied to help those in need by raising more than $20 million in the biggest fundraising effort for a single crisis in 2017 on Facebook and the One Love Manchester which was the most viewed video and live broadcast on Facebook in 2017. The One Love Manchester benefit concert generated over 80 million views and raised more than $450,000 for those affected by the Manchester terror attack.

Finally, people used Facebook to get together in person. The top two ways people connected through these offline moments by creating Events on Facebook were, Total Solar Eclipse in August that brought the world together through more than 20,000 Facebook Events in more than 80 countries; and the January 21 Women’s March on DC which brought over 500,000 people together through the largest Facebook event for a single cause in 2017.

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