Facebook introduces new video platform "Watch" for personalized discovery and social viewing of "shows"

Watch is personalized to help you discover new shows, organized around what your friends and communities are watching. For example, you’ll find sections like “Most Talked About,” which highlights shows that spark conversation, “What’s Making People Laugh,” which includes shows where many people have used the “Haha” reaction, and “What Friends Are Watching,” which helps you connect with friends about shows they too are following.

We’ve learned from Facebook Live that people’s comments and reactions to a video are often as much a part of the experience as the video itself. So when you watch a show, you can see comments and connect with friends and other viewers while watching, or participate in a dedicated Facebook Group for the show..

Initially Watch will only be available to a limited group of people in the United States, and it will eventually be available throughout the US.

It seems to me like this is not meant to be a new YouTube, where anyone can create an upload a video on their channel. Instead creators are meant to have a "show" with focus from the start.

For creators:

* there will be "Show Pages" for individual shows

* eventually you'll be able to monetize your shows using "Ad Breaks"

* If you are interested in creating a show, submit this form:

More details on the Facebook newsroom blog:

There's information for video creators on the Facebook Media blog:
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