Facebook Still Unable To Completely Ban Groups Showing Pirated Films

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Facebook is still letting private groups that have hundreds of thousands of members to share illegal and pirated copies of films and movies on the social media platform.

The scale of the piracy problem on the network observes large groups which have existed for years being able to distribute videos of Hollywood films, in breach of the own user guidelines of Facebook and in spite of the company’s thousands of human moderators.

Facebook said that it was not its responsibility to take down the said movies or other pirated content unless they were reached out to by the rights holders.

Business Insider reported that the groups include names such as “Free full movies 2018” and “Full HD English Movie.” Within the said groups, some of the pirated movies are shown in full, while others give links to other websites that are offering up free video streams or downloads.

Facebook said that it is not able to ascertain whether the content is infringing copyright laws.

A spokesperson from Facebook said to the website: “Facebook is not in a position to determine what content a rights holder believes infringes their rights.”

He added: “If a rights holder identifies content on Facebook they believe violates their IP rights, they can report it to us at any time using our online reporting channels.”

The community guidelines on Facebook clearly say: “Before sharing content on Facebook, please make sure that you have the right to do so.”

The company has also discovered its piracy policing to be under scrutiny during the football World Cup. According to Irdeto, a research company, up to 80 percent of all the piracy infringements of the footage of the World Cup took place on Twitter and Facebook.

Social media websites have been a common platform of choice for online piracy. More than 5.4 million social media users have so far attempted to watch World Cup 2018 matches illegally.

According to the transparency report of the social media giant, Instagram and Facebook were able to take down 2.8 million pieces of content based on approximately 370,000 user copyright reports during the second half of 2107.