Facebook Watch, the social network's home to original video content and answers to YouTube, is now available worldwide. The watch tab was first launched in August in August, only in the US, and now has over 50 million monthly viewers watching at least one minute of video in Watch. Since the beginning of the year, the total time spent watching videos in Watch session by 14x, says Facebook.
The company has continued to add more social features to watch over the past year, including participating experiences such as Watch Parties, Premiers, and those with the public's engagement, like a HQ Trivia competitor, Confetti, built on the new gaming show platform.
Watch also offers basic discovery tools, video storage for later viewing, and allows users to customize a feed of videos from Facebook Pages they follow.
Together with international accessibility, Facebook presents "Ad Breaks" to more publishers. These can be either mid-roll or pre-roll ads, or pictures under the video. Publishers can either insert the ads themselves or use Facebook's automatic ad insertion features. Facebook says 70% of the mid-roll ads are being considered to be completed.
Ad Breaks is now being offered to creators who publish 3-minute videos that generate over 30,000 1
Supported countries today include USA, UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Next month, this list will be expanded to include Argentina, Belgium, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Thailand, which support English content and other local languages. More countries and languages will follow.
Also new today is the global launch of Creator Studio, where Pages can manage the entire content library and business. This includes the ability to search across the library to view details and insights by level, as well as manage cross-page interactions, Facebook Messages, Comments, and Instagram. Other tools here focus on using Ad Breaks, monetization and payments, and publishing the videos.
Creator Studio also sees the addition of a new calculation of audience storage added so publishers can better program their content.  YouTube, also this year, launched an updated version of its Creator Studio, now called YouTube Studio, and offers similar analyzes for its own network.
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"Our goal is to provide publishers and create the tools they need to build a business on Facebook," the company said in an announcement. "Facebook's Promotion of an active, committed community and sharing of longer content that viewers seek and regularly come back to are the key to finding success," noted it.