If it seems like this story reappears every few years, it's because it has. Here is a sample of today's news on the topic:
Here is a headline from 2016:
According to Fortune.com, the problem started back in January 2015, nearly four years ago. Facebook admitted average video viewing figures were inflated by only counting views that lasted longer than three seconds and clicks were counted on video ads when a user tried to resize the video carousel.
Users claim these inflated statistics made Facebook appear to be a more robust video platform than it was. This inaccurate information was used to build content strategies that shifted away from traditional platforms to Facebook.
Could this be a major issue for the company, considering its business model relies heavily on advertising revenue?
For now, we are keeping a watchful eye on the situation as it unfolds and a closer eye on our metrics.
What about you? Did Facebook video metrics sway your strategy?