Facebook this month announced that is shutting down the in-stream video and mobile web placements until Apr 10. Facebook says that starting Apr 11, there’ll no longer be advertiser demand for these placements from Facebook. Here the exact deadlines for the shutdown.
Facebook is asking publishers to remove the web or in-stream placements from the waterfall integration, as Facebook will stop responding to ad requests for web and in-stream placements. Facebook also told publishers that the performance may fluctuate during the deprecation period.
According to Facebook, the decision was based on where Facebook sees growing demand from the advertisers, which is across mobile apps.
Facebook will save the data for 6 months after Apr 11, and payment to publishers will be as normal, on the 22nd of the month.
It’s not the first time that Facebook moves away from the web. In 2018, Facebook phased out Atlas, a web adserving and measurement platform acquired from Microsoft, back in 2013.
Facebook Audience Network is an extension of inventory available across independent publishers (off-Facebook), via Facebook Ads Manager.
Kenya labor court rules that Facebook can be sued
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A judge in Kenya has ruled that Facebook’s parent company, Meta, can be sued in the East African country.
Meta tried to have the case dropped, arguing that Kenyan courts do not have jurisdiction over their operations, but the labor court judge dismissed that in a ruling on Monday.
A former Facebook moderator in Kenya, Daniel Motaung, is suing the company claiming poor working conditions.
Motaung said that while working as a moderator he was exposed to gruesome content such as rape, torture and beheadings that risked his and colleagues’ mental health.
He said Meta did not offer mental health support to employees, required unreasonably long working hours, and offered minimal pay. Motaung worked in Facebook’s African hub in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, which is operated by Samasource Ltd.
Following the judge’s decision that Meta can be sued in Kenya, the next step in case will be considered by the court on Mar. 8.
Meta is facing a separate court case in which two Ethiopians say hate speech was allowed and even promoted on Facebook amid heated rhetoric over their country’s deadly Tigray conflict.
That lawsuit alleges that Meta hasn’t hired enough content moderators to adequately monitor posts, that it uses an algorithm that prioritizes hateful content, and that it responds more slowly to crises in Africa than elsewhere in the world.
The Associated Press and more than a dozen other media outlets last year reported that Facebook had failed to quickly and effectively moderate hate speech in several places around the world, including in Ethiopia. The reports were based on internal Facebook documents leaked by former employee and whistleblower Frances Haugen.