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The way you watch videos on Facebook is about to change

NEW DELHI: Facebook has got a new plan to further enhance the video viewing experience of its users. The company will soon be improving the way it shows videos shot vertically. So far, the social media giant fits vertical videos inside a typical horizontal video format.

According to a report from The Marketing Land website, who also shared some images showing the new vertical video interface, Facebook in its upcoming Android and iOS app update will be showing vertical videos in 2:3 aspect ratio instead of the current 1:1 aspect ratio. It won’t take the full screen like we see in apps like Snapchat but would be larger than before. Users would have to click on the video to see it in full screen.

“We know that people enjoy more immersive experiences on Facebook, so we’re starting to display a larger portion of each vertical video in News Feed on mobile,” a spokesperson told the website. The vertical videos will also support ads and live broadcasts.

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With larger, friendly vertical video interface, users are likely to get less distracted and focus solely on the content shown in the vertical video. With this feature, Facebook will be competing with YouTube and Snapchat as well.

Facebook last month introduced offline video feature in India. The feature lets users save videos in the ‘Saved’ section inside the app itself. This can be done by tapping on the ‘Save video’ option from the drop down menu in the particular post.


These saved videos can be viewed offline as many times as users want. As per the website, Facebook would not let users download the videos directly on the device storage in order to make them stick with the social media service.

 The similar feature is also there in Google’s YouTube, it allows the users to save videos inside the app and watch them later (when offline). YouTube last year also introduced full screen playback of vertical videos.



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