Facebook downgrades video streaming quality in Europe due to coronavirus

23 March 2020
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Facebook will downgrade video streaming quality both on its own platform and that of its European affiliate Instagram, in response to a request by the European Commission last week.

The decision was reached in order to avoid overloading and congestion on the broadband networks, due to the increased demands of e-government, teleworking, distance education, digital entertainment, and online health services due to the coronavirus.

Netflix and YouTube have set a 30-day limit for downgrading their own videos, with Disney saying it will cut by at least 25% of its own videos in all European countries where it will launch the new Disney + service next week.

Streaming video can take up to two-thirds of data traffic on fixed and mobile broadband.

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