Facebook launched the possibility last November to see a content with friends at the same time through the platform, with the pretension that users could comment in real time on a film, a documentary, a concert and make jokes, suggestions…
“Facebook launched the Watch Party in November 2018.”
The idea of Watch Party, as it is called the streaming video service launched by Facebook, is that users bring to the social network, in a practical way, the experience they already develop on other platforms such as Twitter when commenting on audiovisual content. .
However, Facebook had not thought of a possibility: that Facebook Watch Party became a meeting point for people left to see illegal content, understood as content that does not have rights for reproduction and broadcast.
And apparently, that’s what’s happening. The “pirates” have found in Facebook Watch Party the ideal tool to consume content that they would not otherwise have access to and, in addition, they can do it socially, commenting with their friends.
Watch Party allows a user to be the sender and allow their friends to see the content wherever they are. It is enough that the person that emits has downloaded a film illegally so that he can make his contacts consume it as well.
Until a few days ago, groups such as “Super Film Club Watch Party” and “Watch Party Cinema” were popular on Facebook Watch. The social network has taken action on the matter and has closed some of these rooms, but we have found that finding where to consume online content without rights on the platform is not difficult at all.
In the end, it is logical to think that users were going to use the new tool to consume this type of content easily. Keep in mind that the practice is not new in the social network, since finding groups in which users exchange links to download movies, music and documentaries “pirates” is simple and a common practice in the social network, despite of the company’s efforts to avoid such practices, ranging from avoiding certain IPs to blocking groups and users.