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Facebook announces Watch, a new platform for video content

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Facebook takes on YouTube with the debut of 'Watch'

According to a Reuters report, among the shows to be made available on the platform include Women's National Basketball Association, a parenting show made by Time Inc and a safari show by National Geographic.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg commented on how the service will help achieve this, saying: "Watching a show doesn't have to be passive".

Facebook wants to feature a broad range of shows on Watch, including some exclusive to Facebook.

In the form of a dedicated tab, people would be able to use Watch on their desktop, and Facebook's apps for Android, iOS, and TV. There will also be a feature called the "Watchlist", so that when you find a show you like, you'll never miss out on any of the episodes.

He said some of the content would be made by "professional creators" and others by "regular people in our community".

Facebook is pitching Watch as a personalized experience that's organized around providing a social way of watching TV. Shows are a great format if you want to share a video series, like a weekly cooking show, a daily vlog, or a set of videos with recurring characters or themes.

Facebook already had a video tab but the Watch platform will more closely resemble YouTube, allowing users to discover videos outside their feed and create watchlists.

It includes tabs such as "Most Talked About", "What's Making People Laugh", and "What Friends Are Watching". The site which was founded in 2013 and has two billion monthly users, is creating the service in a bid to get people to spend even more time on the social network. Like Facebook Live, Watch will have an option to show reactions and comments by other viewers in real-time.

Shows that engage fans and community. The second one will have saved videos and episodes of shows that the users are following.

Live shows that connect directly with fans.

Nas Daily - a daily show featuring 1-minute clips from around the world.

Live events that bring communities together. We are also funding some shows to help seed the ecosystem, gather feedback, and inspire others.

Among the shows Facebook is paying for are "Returning the Favor", a show about inspiring people starring Mike Rowe, who was the host of "Dirty Jobs".

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