Facebook Watch

Patrick Walker: Getting social with Facebook Watch

In a short time Facebook Watch has come a long way. Rarely a week goes by without its parent, Facebook, attracting negative publicity for allegations that someone, somewhere is using the social media behemoth for nefarious purposes, with or without the possible involvement of the Russian state.

By contrast, the video-on-demand service Facebook Watch appears to be immune to such criticism. One of its first scripted shows, the 10-part Sorry for Your Loss, starring Elizabeth Olsen, won the kind of reviews that most commissioners would die for.

Viacom partners with Facebook Watch to launch Stax on MTV in the UK

Stax (Credit: MTV)

Launching today and free to play, the quiz show will be broadcast live on the platform three times a week for ten weeks, and sees players answering pop culture questions.

Hosted by MTV news presenters such as Tinea Taylor and Tyler west, players will also have the chance to win a share of a big cash prize.

“We are always exploring new and innovative ways to engage and entertain our audiences, so we’re excited to be working with Facebook Watch as one of their first UK launch partners” commented Joanna Wells, Digital Content Vice President for MTV.

Facebook Watch launches new game show

Samira Mighty (Credit: Facebook Watch)

The show challenges viewers to answer pop culture trivia questions for a chance to win a £10,000 cash prize.

Viewers can either play on their own or invite friends and family to join in, as the game allows players to view their friend’s answers during the show.

Confetti was first introduced in July earlier this year in the US and has since expanded to Canada, Mexico and the UK.

“I’m so excited to be presenting this fun new show. It’s a game show where you can win big money in your lunch break,” Mighty commented on her new role.

Channel 4 News announces new Facebook Watch show

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Channel 4 News has announced a partnership with Facebook to produce a new weekly news show.

Uncovered is an in-depth news and analysis programme that will see Channel 4 News correspondents shedding light on unreported stories in 10-minute episodes.

The series will focus on one major international issue each week and is due to premier in the new year.

It is the latest commission for Facebook’s funded news shows initiative to tackle fake news and will be available on Facebook Watch.