Facebook Announces Artists & Businesses Will Be Able To Charge For Live Streams

Yohance Kyles (@HUEYmixwitRILEY)

The social media platform is rolling out a bunch of new features.

(AllHipHop News) A lot of recording artists have been financially affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Clubs, concerts, festivals, and other live events have been shut down which has cut off a source of revenue for musicians.

Facebook is now set to provide a new way for performers to earn money on the platform. The social networking service is adding more features for Facebook Live real-time videos, including a way to charge for access to content.

"You’ll be able to mark Facebook Events as online only and, in the coming weeks, integrate Facebook Live so you can broadcast to your guests. To support creators and small businesses, we plan to add the ability for Pages to charge for access to events with Live videos on Facebook – anything from online performances to classes to professional conferences," reads a statement from Facebook.

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The Mark Zuckerberg-led company is also introducing Messenger Rooms video calls for up to 50 people. WhatsApp will offer group voice and video calls with up to eight people. Portal users will soon be able to go live from Portal to Facebook Pages and Groups.

Other new Facebook features include:

  • We’re bringing back Live With so you can add another person into your live video, no matter where they are in the world. Bring on a guest speaker, interview an expert or perform with a friend.
  • You’ll be able to mark Facebook Events as online only and, in the coming weeks, integrate Facebook Live so you can broadcast to your guests. To support creators and small businesses, we plan to add the ability for Pages to charge for access to events with Live videos on Facebook – anything from online performances to classes to professional conferences.
  • To help you raise money for causes, you can now add the donate button to live videos wherever nonprofit fundraisers are available.
  • We’re making it easier to access live video so you can watch or listen anywhere. If you have limited data or a spotty connection, you now have the option to listen to the audio only. If you don’t have a Facebook account, most public live videos are now available on the web and some Pages can share a toll-free number that lets you listen to the audio through any telephone.
  • You can livestream games from your phone to Facebook using the new Facebook Gaming app available on Google Play. The app also lets you play games instantly, watch your favorite streamers and discover new gaming groups. Tournaments are another new feature for game streaming that lets you create, play and watch the competition in one spot. Tournaments are available on Facebook today, and coming to the Facebook Gaming app soon.
  • To help you support some of your favorite creators, we’re expanding Stars to more Pages and more countries. Once you buy Stars you can send them to creators while they’re streaming, and they’ll earn 1 cent for every Star.
Comments (6)
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oldirtybastad
oldirtybastad

facebook should be paying artists for live streams, depending on how many viewers. Stop ripping people off dirty facebook leeches.

Artistadvocate
Artistadvocate

@Whytakefun artists are free-lance and self-employed, and their income has been wildly curtailed with the ban on public gatherings. So I for one think it's great that they can monetize their performances. So many artists have been creating online content for free. If you prefer not to pay, there will still be opportunities-the presenter, NOT Facebook, will determine if a livestream or event will be offered at a cost.

GlendaE
GlendaE

Will FB charge for all this as they do for running little ads on our business pages?? I'd like to know this and if yes, how much before I get excited.

NANKOMA BRENDA
NANKOMA BRENDA

Personally,am too disappointed with Facebook,at this moment of time???you can think of withdrawing money from your users,we are already struggling to see how we can survive in this trying time,if data recharge is also an issue now,how about paying for each event that takes away oneself worries of the Pandemic legacy,to my understanding more lives are going to be lost because of more depression,stress and domestic violence in homes due to more time thinking,over forcing on each others faults rather having their usual fun on Facebook and interacting with friends/family like previous.

Ric F Capistrano
Ric F Capistrano

Nice Facebook add ons. This is a good diversification which just means transformation and evolution happening as time goesby.

Whytakefun
Whytakefun

Horrible! When you are public enjoying life in rough times and you want to pump the public take the fun for your profit. Sooo low.


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